Date: 8 Aug 2012

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Hammer thrower Sophie Hitchon sets new British record

Sophie Hitchon broke her own British record in the hammer with a throw of 71.98m to reach Friday’s final at the London Olympic Games. The 21-year-old from Burnley struggled with her first two efforts but beat her previous best by 37cm with her final throw to finish fifth in her group and qualify in 10th place.

It was the fourth time Hitchon has beaten the British mark this season.

Hitchon, who is a former ballet dancer, said she fed off the capacity 80,000 crowd at the Olympic Stadium.

Before her qualification was announced, said she would be content whether she made the final or not.

She added: “It’s a morning session, it’s only qualification and look at the crowd. If I don’t make it, I’m not really bothered. I threw my personal best and there’s nothing more I can do.”

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