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Sophie Hitchon feels hurt of failure after anticlimax in hammer final

The bronze medallist from Rio Olympics finishes seventh behind Polish favourite Anita Woldarczyk and says ‘I’m going to beat myself up for a while after this’

In a stadium at 56,000 capacity Sophie Hitchon looked to be in the loneliest place in the world after failing to win a medal in the hammer. The 26-year-old crouched beside the advertising hoardings at the far edge of the track, teary-eyed and staring into the distance, contemplating what might have been.

She saved her best throw until last but it was not good enough to re-enact the bronzed glory of the Rio Olympics a year ago. With the British Athletics performance director, Neil Black, targeting a podium tally of six, this was another medal possibility gone. But nobody felt the hurt more keenly than Hitchon herself who sobbed in the bowels of the London stadium afterwards, struggling to articulate her disappointment.

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