Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Sophie's 'Nerves of Steel' Are Praised

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Sophie's 'Nerves of Steel' Are Praised

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PROUD family members have praised Sophie Hitchon's "nerves of steel" after she became Britain's first female Olympic hammer medallist with the last throw of the competition.

The former ballet dancer took bronze and broke her own national record, launching the hammer 74.54 metres to move from sixth place to third in Rio.

The 25-year-old from Burnley is the first Briton to win an Olympic hammer medal since 1924 and only squeezed into the final as the 11th of 12 qualifiers.

Hitchon's mother Wendy, 50, said: "We're absolutely over the moon, so well-deserved for her, she worked so hard for it.

"To actually secure that medal this time with that last throw was absolutely amazing. The girl has nerves of steel.

"She's done it before, a few times... where she's done it on the last throw. How on earth but she must just go into some kind of zone somewhere."

She added: "I think if she had not got the medal but had got the British record she'd have been satisfied but she knew if she got the British record she was capable of being in there with the medals. …

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