Sophie awaiting the nod from Commonwealth selectors

Sophie Hitchon
Sophie Hitchon

Sophie Hitchon’s place in England Athletics’ team for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow is expected to be imminently rubber-stamped.

The British record holder is in line to be the top name of three England hammer throwers selected to compete in the 20th Games.

England Athletics submitted its nominations for the Games to Commonwealth Games England earlier this week, with appeals for non-nomination being heard before the final annoucement.

Meanwhile, Sophie didn’t have to be anywhere near her best to win the hammer at the Bedford International Games at the weekend.

The Burnley ace was in action, along with the likes of Adam Gemili, Lawrence Clarke and Hannah Cockroft, with the meeting offering opportunities to qualify for the Commonwealth Games, with the deadline expiring on Sunday.

Sophie had no worries on that score, however, having long since passed the qualification mark for Glasgow, as well as the UK Athletics European Championships qualifying standard for Zurich.

The Blackburn Harrier threw 66.92m in Bedford - down on American Britney Henry’s meeting record of 68.83m set four years ago - to win from top-ranked Scot Rachel Hunter of Shaftesbury Barnet, whose best throw was 62.13m.

Third was Myra Perkins of Falkirk Victoria, whose 61.32m ensured she joined a three-way fight for a place on the Scotland team after also beating the event standard.

The previous weekend, in Forbach, France, at the Meeting Elite de Forbach, Hitchon threw 67.39m to finish fourth.

Her best throw so far this season was the 71.53m she went out to when finishing fifth in Halle, Germany in the middle of May, backed up a day later at the Loughborough International by a winning effort of 69.92.

Her other outing so far this season came a month previous at the Mount Sac Relays in California, where she recorded 69.08m.

Should Sophie get the nod for Glasgow as expected, it would be her first Commonwealth Games, although she did win gold in the Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune in 2008.