Sophie into Olympic hammer final

Burnley hammer thrower Sophie Hitchon has reached her second Olympic final.

Sophie Hitchon
Sophie Hitchon

She finished sixth in qualifying Group B, 11th overall, with her second round throw of 70.37m, and will look to claim a place on the podium in Monday's final.

Sophie said: “I made it quite difficult for myself. I was quite nervous there at the end which is not where I wanted to be. But you know I made it through and now I can focus on the final.

“My warm up throws were really, really good, but you know what, those don’t count

“It’s right there – I’m in shape – so in the final it’ll be better. I’m feeling really good – I’m in a lot better shape than I was then (London 2012) and hopefully I can just go and prove it!”