London pride for Norfolk’s Sophie McKinna ahead of Anniversary Games slot

Sophie Mckinna

Sophie Mckinna - Credit: Archant

Rising star Sophie McKinna's name will be thrust into the limelight again this weekend when she competes at the Olympic Stadium.

The shot-put sensation, from Bradwell, near Great Yarmouth, has been chosen to feature in the prestigious London Anniversary Games.

The event, taking place a year after the Olympics were held in Great Britain, will host some of the biggest names in athletics, including London 2012 shot put gold medallist Valerie Adams. And Norfolk's 18-year-old admits she can't wait to rub shoulders with some of her sport's most famous names.

McKinna said: 'It's going to be absolutely amazing. It will be the biggest competition of my life so far.

'I'm really, really looking forward to it. I'll gain some more valuable experience and I'll be coming up against the world's number one who I've looked up to for many years.

'To compete in the Olympic Stadium in front of 65,000 people is going to be absolutely amazing and will give me a taste of what future events could be like.'

McKinna warmed up for the Games by becoming the first British woman to win a shot put medal at the European Junior Athletics Championships in Italy.

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A throw of 17.09m, just 3cm short of her personal best, was enough to claim a history-making silver.

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