Sophie off to Commonwealth Games

Sophie Hitchon
Sophie Hitchon
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Burnley's Sophie Hitchon is one of 75 names announced in the Team England athletics squad for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The 2016 Olympic bronze medalist also won bronze last time out in the Commonwealths in Glasgow in 2014, and will aim to at least match or better than in Australia.

She will join the likes of Adam Gemili, Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Greg Rutherford and Dina Asher-Smith in the squad, which already has 18 Commonwealth medals and 46 Commonwealth Games appearances between them, while a number of the chosen athletes will be competing at their very first multi-sport Games.

Team England will send a team of around 600 athletes and staff in what will be England’s largest ever team to represent the nation in an overseas sporting event.

The team will compete in 18 sports, including 38 para medal events.

Sarah Winckless, Chef de Mission for Commonwealth Games England, said: “We’re incredibly proud to be announcing such a strong athletics team for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. We’re putting forward some of the best athletes in the world and we’re confident that we will be sending the most prepared English team to Australia next April.

“We look forward to the high-level of competition the Commonwealth Games will provide and with our excellent team of staff focussing their efforts to ensure that when we get out there, Team England will have everything set up for a world-class performance environment.”

Team England Athletics Team Leader Martin Rush added: “We at England Athletics are delighted to be sending this team to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. The team is a real blend of experience and youth, featuring a number of athletes who performed well at last summer’s IAAF World Championships, as well as some who are making their senior international championships debuts.

“With just 75 places available, selection was always going to be a difficult task given the number of high-performing English athletes, but we are happy that we are taking a team that will be ready to perform at their best in Australia.”