11 July 1991 |
Burnley, Lancashire, England
|Height||1.7 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Weight||74 kg (163 lb)|
|Updated on 31 July 2014.|
Sophie Hitchon (born 11 July 1991) is a British hammer thrower. She is a former World Junior Champion, and the current senior British record holder with a throw of 72.97 metres in the 2013 European Team Championships in Gateshead.
In April 2007, Hitchon set a new UK Under 17 Women's record with a throw of 49.61m at the Kingston-upon-Hull AC Open meeting. The previous record was 48.94m achieved by Frances Miller of Elgin Harriers at the 2001 IAAF World Youth Championships in Debrecen, Hungary.
In March 2008, at the age of 16, Hitchon set a new junior record with a throw of 59.74m at the UK Throws event in Birmingham, followed by a 59.49m throw at the Blackpool Open Meeting the same weekend.
In July 2009, Hitchon won bronze in the hammer at the European Junior Championships. In doing so she also improved her own national junior record to 63.18m and took Britain's first ever European Junior medal in the women's hammer.
A year later, Hitchon was captain of the UK women's team at the IAAF World Junior Championships (Moncton, Canada, 19–25 July), as well as remaining the UK junior hammer record holder.
In July 2011, Hitchon represented the UK in the European Under-23 Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic (14–17 July), taking the bronze medal.
At the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Sophie achieved a bronze medal in the women's Hammer throw with a distance of 68.72m. This was her first success at a senior level championship.
|Representing Great Britain|
|2007||World Youth Championships||Ostrava, Czech Republic||9th q|||
|2008||World Junior Championships||Bydgoszcz, Poland||7th|||
|2009||European Junior Championships||Novi Sad, Serbia||3rd|||
|2010||World Junior Championships||Moncton, Canada||1st|||
|2011||European U23 Championships||Ostrava, Czech Republic||3rd|||
|World Athletics Championships||Daegu, South Korea||13th q|||
|2012||Olympic Games||London, England||12th|||
|2013||European Team Championships||Gateshead, England||3rd||New British Record|
|2008||Commonwealth Youth Games||Pune, India||1st|||
|2014||Commonwealth Games||Glasgow, Scotland||3rd|||
- q = in qualifying
- Walker and Hitchon support Grass Roots Heroes awards Lancashire Telegraph Accessed 2011
- British Athletics Official WebsiteAlex hammers home a Euro Juniors qualifier
- British Athletics Official WebsiteJunior Record for Sophie
- British Athletics Official WebsiteFour More Medals in Serbia
- British Athletics Official WebsiteStay calm and focused, says Hitchon
- British Athletics Official WebsiteEuropean Under-23 Championships (3)
- Sophie Hitchon profile IAAF
- Sophie Hitchon nails Britain hammer throw World Junior Championships Daily Mail Accessed 2011
- Sophie Hitchon profile thepowerof10.info
- Blackburn Harrier Sophie Hitchon breaks record again Lancashire Telegraph Accessed 2011