BURNLEY’S Sophie Hitchon had much to be proud of on Friday night as she competed in the Olympic women’s hammer final.
The 21-year-old broke her own British record with a 71.98m throw as she qualified in 10th place on Wednesday, and although she couldn’t match that in the final - throwing a best of 69.33m as she finished 12th - it would have taken a huge personal best to achieve her goal of the top-eight cut.
Russia’s Tatyana Lysenko won gold with an Olympic record of 78.18m.
She led all the way through the competition, having thrown 77.56m with her first attempt, before going even further with her penultimate effort.
Poland’s Anita Wlodarczyk took the silver with a final throw of 77.60m and China’s Zhang Wenxiu the bronze with 76.34.
And Sophie admitted afterwards: “It was amazing and just to be there was the best thing ever.
“I broke the British record to get there.
“Having to do that in qualification takes a lot out of you and just being in the final was the ultimate goal.”