Sophie Hitchon smashes her own British record

NEW RECORD: Sophie Hitchon
NEW RECORD: Sophie Hitchon

Burnley hammer thrower Sophie Hitchon was in record-breaking form as she smashed the British hammer record at the European Team Championships in Gateshead.

She surpassed the record she set on the way to qualifying for the Olympic final last summer by almost a metre as she threw 72.97m with her third attempt.

The throw was good enough to give her third place behind Betty Heidler in first 74.31m and Anita Wlodarczyk in second (74.14m).