At just 21 years old, Sophie Hitchon, a former ballet dancer from Burnley smashed her own British record at the Olympic Games in the hammer throw event. After years of training and preparation, the Blackburn Harrier qualified to the final round after throwing an astonishing 71.89m. Hitchon finished the games in 12th place marking a truly remarkable beginning to the start of her Olympic career with team GB.
What was it like to perform in front of 80,000 people in your home country?
“Just to be selected for the team was a huge achievement for me and everything was just amazing from getting the kit to going into the village. But nothing compared to walking out in front of so many people cheering for you and then to set a personal best and a national record was beyond my belief. It is all I have ever wanted.”
What has your journey to the Olympics been like?
“I have always loved sport and I love to win and do my best in whatever I do. I always wanted to have a career in sport but I never really knew what in, when I was younger. I just wanted to be the best whatever I did. I started hammer in 2006/ so I have been doing it for nearly six years. I moved to Loughborough in 2010 to become a full time athlete and really focus on achieving my goals. I hope the Olympics gets lots of people interests in sport as it shown that there are so many different sports to try and hopefully I have inspired some young people to try the hammer.”
What does the future hold for team GB’s bright young superstar?