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Junior sport: Sophie McKinna clinches shot putt silver

July 7, 2011

The Aviva Great Britain and Northern Ireland team celebrated the first medal at the 2011 World Youth Championships thanks to shot putter Sophie McKinna, who clinched silver in a breathtaking competition that went down to the last throw.

After claiming second place in the qualifying round with a performance that had left her “disappointed”, McKinna, who finished fifth in the Youth Olympic Games last year, seemed to struggle to hit the distances her form allows.

Her first trial placed her in seventh position and, by the time it was her time to throw again, the Great Yarmouth athlete was as far down the rankings as tenth. However, a turning point for the competition had been reached, and McKinna was finally able to unlock her potential and record a 14.79m with her second throw.

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“[My second throw] was a fantastic confidence boost, it put me in a medal position and I am so pleased I was able to come here and do it after this morning” said the British thrower after the event. “I am speechless, it’s an absolutely fantastic feeling. The other athletes gave me a really good run for my money, throw after throw until the end: it made it all the better for those watching and all the better for me.”

China’s Tianquian Guo, 2011’s top performer, answered each time with solid throws bringing her up to 15.24m – a measure that would prove enough for gold.

McKinna closed the gap slightly with her fourth attempt – 14.90m – but was unable to improve on this distance. Our thrower however looked extremely pleased after her sixth and final throw, especially as she managed to fend off the threat posed by Germany’s Katinka Urbaniak, who finished with 14.71 on her distance card.

17-year-old McKinna didn’t shy away from seeing this medal in a career perspective. “To start with a silver medal in a major Championship like the World Youths, a really tough competition, is unbelievable. My previous experience helped me and today I learnt many lessons that hopefully will put me in good stead for the future. I want to throw further and hopefully make the Commonwealth Youth Games in September – and throw big distances there as well.”

UK Athletics reporter
Sportsister, The Women’s Sports Magazine

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