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Silver for Sophie at inaugural World Cup

Sophie Hitchon celebrates her recent British title success
Sophie Hitchon celebrates her recent British title success
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Sophie Hitchon unveiled the medals ahead of the inaugural Athletics World Cup in London – and ended up winning one on Saturday night.

The 2016 Olympic bronze medallist had the honour of revealing the full set of prizes on offer – including the first of its kind Platinum Winners’ Medal – at The Great Conservatory in Brentford.

And she got her hands on silver at the London Stadium – where she reached the Olympic Final back in 2012.

In the team contest between eight nations, Great Britain finished third with 155 points behind winners the United States – who share a prize pot of around £350,000 – with 219 points, with Poland second with 162.

Hitchon was second in the women’s hammer behind Poland’s world and Olympic champion Anita Wlodarczyk.

Wlodarczyk broke her own British all-comers’ record with a throw of 78.74m – 84cm better than the effort which won her the world title, also at the London Stadium. last summer.

Hitchon was second with a season’s best of 73.48m, with 2015 world bronze medallist Alexandra Tavernier of France 10cm further adrift in third.

That throw was her best of the year, topping the 73.22m she recorded in Berkeley in California at the Brutus Hamilton Open in April.

She now turns her attention to the big event of the season, the European Championships in Berlin between August 7th and 12th.

As she said in Express Sport after her fourth-successive British hammer title at the start of the month: “My season’s best is now better than it was going into the Olympics (71.86 in June 2016 at Szczecin in Poland at the Memorial Janusza Kusocinskiego), and it is all about consistency.

“If you can get that, it is a good platform to build on, so hopefully I can do that and make the step up.

“Everyone is so close together, all between 73 and 71 metres every week, so I don’t think we will see someone way out in front, there should be a close battle between the top eight.

“I’ve not been to Berlin that often, maybe a couple of times, but it’s an iconic stadium for track and field and it would be exciting to compete there.”