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Rio Olympics: Sophie Hitchon ends a 92-year wait with surprise bronze in hammer throw

By Robert Jones

Published 16/08/2016

Great Britain's Sophie Hitchon won a bronze medal in Rio after finishing third in the women's hammer throw.

The former junior World champion, 25, threw a British record of 74.54m to claim GB's first medal in the event since 1924.

Hitchon - a former ballet dancer - confirmed her medal success with her final throw of the competition, when her best effort of the day moved her back into bronze medal position.

She had previously occupied that position with an effort measuring 73.29m before gradually falling down to sixth then coming back in dramatic fashion.

"I had to double take a little bit because it was just incredible to see me up there with a national record," she said.

"I was just trying to execute my technique, I missed it on a few but I knew it was going to go if I just kept it going."

Poland's Anita Wlodarczyk won the event with a world record 82.29m, comfortably clear of second-placed Chinese athlete Zhang Wenxiu's mark of 76.75m.

Hitchon's medal was GB's first in either the men's or women's hammer since Malcolm Noakes came third at the Paris Games 92 years ago.

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