Sophie Hitchon

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Sophie Hitchon
Hitchon after winning the bronze medal at Rio 2016
Personal information
Born (1991-07-11) 11 July 1991 (age 25)
Burnley, Lancashire, England
Height 1.7 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 74 kg (163 lb)
Country  United Kingdom
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Hammer throw
Updated on 15 August 2016.

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 74.54 metres in the 2016 Rio Olympics, winning the bronze medal for her country's first ever Olympic medal in the event.

Representing Great Britain at London 2012, Hitchon has also represented England in the hammer throw at the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games, winning gold.

Early life[edit]

Hitchon was born in Burnley, Lancashire, and attended Wellfield Church Primary School and Ivy Bank Business and Enterprise College.[1] She is studying for a BSc in Business and Sport Management from the University of Hertfordshire.[2]


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.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5]

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.[6]

In July 2011, Hitchon represented the UK in the European Under-23 Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic (14–17 July),[7] taking the bronze medal.

At the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Hitchon 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.[8]

At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Hitchon achieved a bronze medal in the woman's Hammer throw with a distance of 74.54 metres on her final attempt, setting a new GB record in the process. It also made her the first British hammer thrower to win an Olympic medal[9] and ended a 28-year Olympic medal drought for GB in women's field events since Fatima Whitbread's silver at Seoul in 1988.

Competition record[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Great Britain
2007 World Youth Championships Ostrava, Czech Republic 9th q 50.28 m[10]
2008 World Junior Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 7th 58.45 m[11]
2009 European Junior Championships Novi Sad, Serbia 3rd 63.18 m[12]
2010 World Junior Championships Moncton, Canada 1st 66.01 m[11]
2011 European U23 Championships Ostrava, Czech Republic 3rd 69.59 m[13]
World Athletics Championships Daegu, South Korea 13th q 64.93 m[10]
2012 Olympic Games London, England 12th 69.33 m[10] in qualifying: 71.98m - New British Record[10]
2013 European Team Championships Gateshead, England 3rd 72.97 m New British Record[10]
European U23 Championships Tampere, Finland 1st 70.72 m
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 4th 73.86 m New British Record[10]
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 3rd 74.54 m New British Record[10]
Representing  England
2008 Commonwealth Youth Games Pune, India 1st 58.43 m[12]
2014 Commonwealth Games Glasgow, Scotland 3rd 68.72 m[12]
  • q = in qualifying