HAMMER THROW: Former ballet dance takes bronze for England

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Sophie Hitchon, the ballet dancer turned hammer thrower, claimed Commonwealth bronze for England at Hampden Park.

The 23-year-old from Burnley hurled the hammer out to 68.72 metres to land her team’s third athletics medal of Glasgow 2014.

Sultana Frizell took the gold in a Games record 71.97m.

Hitchon said: “I have mixed emotions. I am obviously really ecstatic to get a bronze medal at a major championships, but I felt like I had a lot more in me.

“Maybe I wanted to throw a little bit further today, but that is how it goes sometimes.

“Training has been going really well and I started off okay in the first round, then kind of lost it a little bit going into the middle rounds.

“My last one was a good throw, a decent distance, but just wasn’t quite good enough to get a silver medal.

“It is a good stepping stone onto the competition. I’ve got the European Championships (in Zurich in August) and then the next few years should be good for me.”