Burnley's Hitchon seals London spot

First published in Athletics

The honour of being the first athlete of the Team GB trials weekend to seal their place on the Olympic team fell to Burnley's Sophie Hitchon in the women's hammer.

Hitchon, 20, had already achieved the 'A' standard of 71.50m and therefore needed to finish in the top two in Birningham to make certain of being in London, something she achieved comfortably with victory and a best throw of 69.79m.

A delighted Hitchon, who won the world junior title in 2010, said: "I'm really excited. I can't really believe it yet.

"I've been throwing really well in training and just wanted to come here and finish first or second and now I'm on the team."

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