Norfolk’s Sophie McKinna smashes PB to qualify for shot put final
- Credit: PA
Norfolk's Sophie McKinna smashed her personal best to reach the final of the shot put competition at the world championships in Doha.
The 25-year-old, from Great Yarmouth, will go for gold on Thursday evening after throwing 18.61m to finish qualifying in sixth position.
She was 71cms behind leader and Commonwealth champion Danniel Thomas-Dodd, from Jamaica, and just 35cms behind third-placed Lijiao Gong, of China.
McKinna couldn't contain her delight.
"I'm never speechless, but I am speechless now," said the Great Yarmouth & District AC thrower, whose previous best was 18.23m.
"It is also an Olympic qualifier so, yes, I'm over the moon.
"As a thrower, you generally know when you let go of it that it is going to be a good throw. I let go of it and I turned round to my trainer and was shocked. Training has been going really well but I didn't expect that.
- 1 Massive care village and research park planned for edge of Norwich
- 2 Travellers set up 'unauthorised' camp in popular park
- 3 Mods and rockers taking over Norfolk town for classic bike and scooter meet
- 4 Large aircraft in shape of whale spotted above Norfolk
- 5 Why is Norfolk not introducing a hosepipe ban?
- 6 Dash cams help police prosecute 400 drivers in a year
- 7 Warning to pet owners after chocolate dumped in seaside village
- 8 'I'm sorry' - Woman behind cancelled festival offers customers £100,000
- 9 'Risk of injury' - Aldi recalls product due to safety fears
- 10 Can you spot yourself in the Classic Ibiza crowd at Blickling?
"To get into a final and perform to the best of my ability at a World Championships in October, it means the world and to qualify for the Olympics, or 50pc there obviously with trials next year, that is all I have ever wanted. "
McKinna is the first British shot putter to reach the final in 36 years, and had plenty of encouragement from a clutch of fans in the stands.
"I have got quite a few supporters in the stadium, which is lovely," she said. "It makes it feels like a home championships with all the British flags. It is great and it really makes you want to come out here and perform and they have travelled a long way to see some good performances so hopefully they are pretty pleased with that.
"I guess we come back tomorrow and try and do it again, maybe a little bit better."