Sophie McKinna sets up Norwich event to keep Olympic hopes alive

England's Sophie McKinna during the Shot Put Final at Hampden Park, during the 2014 Commonwealth Gam

England's Sophie McKinna during the Shot Put Final at Hampden Park, during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Picture: David Davies/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Great Yarmouth thrower Sophie McKinna will try to salvage her hopes of Olympic qualification in Norwich tomorrow.

The 21-year-old has organised a competition at the UEA Sportspark as she looks to throw 17.75 metres to come under consideration for Team GB.

The Great Yarmouth and District Athletics Club member has already thrown over the 17.75m British Athletics qualifying standard, with 18.41m at an event in May, which didn't have the correct permit to count towards Rio qualification.

The event will be McKinna's last chance to force her way into Team GB consideration.

'To go to the Olympic Games is the pinnacle of any athlete's career and I've got to achieve it through adversity, which would make it even more special after the mess around I've had this season,' McKinna said.

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The PB throw of 18.41m was achieved at the Geoff Capes Classic Open at Stoke Rochford Hall, near Grantham in Lincolnshire.

Put on by her former coach Geoff Capes, the throw at the event was 1.43m better than any of McKinna's previous in-competition throws in 2016.

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After previously admitting to losing motivation following the split with twice Commonwealth Games shot put champion Capes, McKinna is now feeling focused.

'I wanted to go there to prove a point that I'm over that and better than that now. That was really my sole motivation,' McKinna explained, speaking to BBC Radio Norfolk.

'Because of the circumstances and atmosphere of it, I came out and produced that massive throw and I'm hoping that with a similar atmosphere I'll be able to do a similar thing.

'I don't think it's unachievable. If I thought it was unachievable I wouldn't have gone through all the stress of putting on the competition.'

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