Sophie McKinna falls short of Rio qualification target

Sophie McKinna. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Sophie McKinna. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

Sophie McKinna's attempts to qualify for the Rio Olympics have fallen at the final hurdle.

The Great Yarmouth thrower, a European junior silver medallist in 2013, set up an event at the UEA Sportspark in Norwich on Saturday in an attempt to throw 17.75 metres and force her way into Team GB consideration.

The 21-year-old's best throw of 17.14m was not enough though, as she tried to salvage an unusual qualification situation.

McKinna had thrown over the 17.75m British Athletics qualifying standard at an event in Lincolnshire in May, with a personal best throw of 18.41m, but the event did not have the correct permit to count towards Rio qualification.

She won on Saturday ahead of fellow Great Yarmouth & District Athletic Club member Amy Dowsett, with the 17-year-old throwing 7.44m, and City of Norwich AC 20-year-old Gemma Vickery, who threw a PB of 7.16m.


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