By Nilesh Patel
- Sophie Hitchon becomes the first British women to win Olympic hammer medal
- Hitchon’s medal helps Team GB move up to second overall in the medals table
- Eilidh Doyle eases through to women’s 400m hurdles semi-final
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Team GB’s fourth medal in the athletics also came on the fourth day through Lancashire lass Sophie Hitchon.
Monday’s action had much more of a British feel to it as the evening session was paused due to heavy rain.
There was also more a British feel in the afternoon session as Sophie Hitchon produced a British record throw of 74.54m to jump from fifth to third in the hammer throw. She made the throw on her final attempt, knowing that Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland broke the world record by throwing 82.29m to take gold.
Burnley’s Hitchon narrowly missed out on making the podium in last years’ World Championships in Beijing and was one of the British athletes tipped for an Olympic medal upset this time round. She would not have known that she would need a British record to make the podium but the fact she produced it on her final throw is historic moment in the event.
There was also success for the female athletes in the sprints, Dina Asher-Smith – the epitome of London 2012’s legacy – cruised into the 200m semi-final. Her time of 22.77s was just lower than compatriot Jodie Williams who also made it through to the semis. They’ll both face competition from yesterday’s 100m Olympic champion Elaine Thompson of Jamaica as she will try to win the double gold.
Eilidh Doyle also impressed as she went through fifth fastest to the women’s 400m hurdles semi-final. Her time of 55.46s was enough to win her heat with relative ease as she will look to progress into the final. The current European Champion will hope make the podium this time round after only reaching the semis in London 2012.
It was good news in the men’s 110m hurdles as all competing British athletes progressed through to the semis. However, Andrew Pozzi and Lawrence Clarke will have to push themselves even further if they hope to make the final. They face competition from Jamaican and American hurdlers Omar McLeod and Ronnie Ash who finished fastest in the heat overall.
There was a disappointment in the men’s 400m hurdles as Sebastian Rodger crashed out in the heats to miss out on semi-final place. However, we will be able to cheer on Jack Green whose time of 48.96s was enough to make the semi-final.
Day 5’s coverage of athletics kicks off at 1:50pm with the men’s triple jump final.
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