Sophie on target ahead of World Championship

The 23-year-old beat the qualifying standard for China ' and next year's Rio Olympics ' when she won the Loughborough International with a season's best of 71.02m last month.
The 23-year-old beat the qualifying standard for China ' and next year's Rio Olympics ' when she won the Loughborough International with a season's best of 71.02m last month.

Sophie Hitchon admits things are going to plan ahead of the World Championships in Beijing in August.

The 23-year-old beat the qualifying standard for China – and next year’s Rio Olympics – when she won the Loughborough International with a season’s best of 71.02m last month.

Now it is all eyes on what will be her third Worlds, and hopefully a place in the final for the first time.

Sophie said: “It was nice to get the qualifying standard so early, so I can go back to training and build on that.

“It’s all about working towards Beijing now.

“Olympic qualifying runs until July next year, so I’ll look to hit the standard again, but I’m just thinking about this season at the moment.

“There’s the European Team Championships (on June 20th and 21st) in Cheboksary in Russia, and the British Championships in Birmingham (July 3rd to 5th), then I’ll have a couple of hammer challenges to get competition-ready for Beijing.”

Sophie finished 19th overall in qualifying at Moscow 2013, and 13th in her qualifying pool in Daegu two years earlier, and she added: “The final is definitely the target, last year didn’t go as well as I would have liked, so I want to get back on my feet and get to the final for the first time at the Worlds, and improve on my last two appearances.

“Consistency is the main thing, and trying to push my personal best further. I’ll see how things go.

“My coach is really positive and thinks we can go forward – I still have a lot of developing to do, getting my technique down and working on the little things, but things are going to plan.”