24 JUL 2010 General News

Women's Hammer Throw Final

Sophie Hitchon celebrates winning Great Britain's first ever global championship women's Hammer medal of any colour (Getty Images)Sophie Hitchon celebrates winning Great Britain's first ever global championship women's Hammer medal of any colour (Getty Images) © Copyright

After losing the Hammer Throw lead late in the competition, Great Britain's Sophie Hitchon came storming back with a 66.01m national junior record to save the win with her last throw.

Hitchon took the lead early, with a 62.72m first attempt, then when Slovenia's Barbara Spiler answered with a 64.44m throw in the second round, Hitchon went out to 64.55m. Behind them, Li Zhang of China threw 62.27m to move into third.

Spiler moved to the front with a fourth-round toss of 65.07m, and expanded her lead with a 65.28m throw in the fifth round. With a metre and a half lead, Spiler appeared unassailable, but in the second-to-last throw of the competition, Hitchon delivered a sixth-round 66.01m which put her back in the lead. Spiler could only manage 58.54m and was unable to reclaim the lead.

Hitchon won Great Britain's first medal in the hammer throw. Zhang's 62.27m was enough to keep her in third, with her teammate Wang fourth with a 59.43m effort.