5 things you might not know about Sophie Hitchon

Sophie Hitchon took home a bronze medal for Team GB in the women's hammer throw at the Olympics on Monday.

Here's five things you may not know about the 25-year-old:

1. She comes from a ballet background

Sophie Hitchon after qualifying in the Women's Hammer Throw (Martin Rickett/PA)
(Martin Rickett/PA)

Hitchon was a ballet dancer as a child before first trying hammer throwing aged 14. She credits her ballet background with helping her in the hammer in terms of posture, balance and strength.

2. She isn't your typical female hammer thrower

Sophie Hitchon in action during the Women's Hammer Throw (Mike Egerton/PA)
(Mike Egerton/PA)

Far from the stereotypical public perception of a female hammer thrower, Hitchon was dubbed in the run-up to London 2012 'the girl who puts the glamour into hammer'.

3. Sport's in her genes

Sophie Hitchon celebrates winning bronze (Mike Egerton/PA)
(Mike Egerton/PA)

Her father Michael is a former English Schools champion in the 100 metres.

4. She's a history maker

Sophie Hitchon competes in the women's hammer throw (Matt Dunham/AP)
(Matt Dunham/AP)

Her Olympic medal was the first ever by a British woman in the hammer and the first by any Briton since the 1924 Games in Paris. It was also the first Olympic field event medal since Fatima Whitbread's javelin silver in 1988.

5. She's also a record breaker

Sophie Hitchon celebrates after winning the bronze medal (Matt Dunham/AP)
(Matt Dunham/AP)

Hitchon first broke the British hammer record in 2011 and has broken it every year since, apart from 2014.

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