At 23, Sophie Hitchon says she feels like a veteran of the hammer as she took another Sainsbury’s British Championships title and turns her attention to her third World Championships.
Hitchon only really started to give her full attention to the event in 2007, but since then she has performed on the world’s biggest stages, including an appearance at London 2012.
And she once again showed that she is the woman to beat in Britain as she easily took victory with a throw of 71.10m – 4.42m ahead of Sarah Holt in second.
While she might have been there and done it all before, Hitchon says being crowned British champion, with an new Championship record no less, will never get old.
“I love coming here, it’s always an amazing atmosphere and to get another title makes me really proud, said Hitchon, speaking at the event – a partnership with British Athletics that builds on Sainsbury’s support for the 2012 Paralympics and recognises that sport can unite and inspire children of all ages.
“It was good out there and being British champion never gets old, and I will never say no, I’ll always be really proud.
“We have still got a lot of weeks left before Beijing, so I will just go back and get some good training in before we go.
“I have two competitions before Beijing but it’s crazy because that will be my third world championships, I feel like I am getting old!
“When I was younger it was easier to improve and I am getting to the stage where the little things make an incredible difference, and I’ve come a long way since last year, and hopefully this time next year I will have gone a lot further.”
At her last World Championships in Moscow, Hitchon struggled to make her mark, but she is hoping that all the experience she has accumulated will pay dividends when Rio 2016 rolls around.
“Rio is obviously the thing on everyone’s mind, and I would be incredibly proud to be a part of it again,” she added.
“London was unexpected and it was a great experience, so hopefully I can take all that and keep moving forward.
“I always aim to go and try my best and if I do that then the positions will come and I can return home happy.”
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