Sophie named in Team GB squad for World Championships

England's Sophie Hitchon celebrates after her throw in the Women's Hammer Throw at Hampden Park, during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 27, 2014. See PA story COMMONWEALTH Athletics. Photo credit should read: John Giles/PA Wire. RESTICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No video emulation.
England's Sophie Hitchon celebrates after her throw in the Women's Hammer Throw at Hampden Park, during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 27, 2014. See PA story COMMONWEALTH Athletics. Photo credit should read: John Giles/PA Wire. RESTICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No video emulation.

Hammer thrower Sophie Hitchon has been named in British Athletics’ 62-strong team for the IAAF World Championships in Beijing next month.

It will be a third World Championships for the Commonwealth Games bronze medalist, who also competed in Daegu, South Korea in 2011, and Moscow two years ago.

The 24-year-old 2012 Olympic finalist joins the likes of Jessica Ennis-Hill, Mo Farah, Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Greg Rutherford, Dina Asher-Smith, Shara Proctor and Adam Gemili in the squad, one of three hammer throwers in action, along with Mark Dry and Nick Miller.

Athletes had to twice achieve the qualifying standard, after a trials top two spot, and, back in May, Sophie Hitchon threw 71.02m to win at the Loughborough International – passing the World Championships and Olympic Games standard of 70m and 71m respectively.

She has since gone out to 71.89m in finishing fifth in Cheboksary, Russia, at the European Athletics Team Championships Super League, and 71.10m to win the Sainsbury’s British Championships in Birmingham.

Sophie, is the only British athlete ever to have thrown over the Olympic women’s hammer qualification target of 71m, holding the British record with 72.97m, achieved in 2013 at the European Athletics Team Championships at Gateshead.

She said on her twitter page: “So pleased to be selected for my third World Championships. Time has flown so fast!”

Commenting on the team selections, British Athletics performance director Neil Black said: “Beijing is a hugely important event to us, yet this is the first of three huge global competitions for us, with the Olympics in Rio next year and the home World Championships in 2017.

“In selecting athletes we were looking at either a potential to finish top eight in this year’s Worlds or to give opportunities to athletes developing towards medal success in 2016 and beyond.

“I’m very confident we have selected a team who can be successful in Beijing, as well as use it as a platform on to further Olympic and World successes.”