Athletics Weekly - - COM­MON­WEALTH GAMES -

JU­LIA RAT­CLIFFE of New Zealand grad­u­ated from sil­ver in 2014 to win gold with 69.94m as the favourite from Eng­land, So­phie Hitchon, fin­ished out­side the medals af­ter three fouls.

“It just wasn’t quite there to­day,” Hitchon, the Olympic bronze medal­list, said. “The warm-ups were re­ally good but it just didn’t hap­pen.

“I’ve been work­ing on a new tech­nique and I’ve got to keep work­ing on it be­cause it is def­i­nitely the way for­ward.When I land it, it will go very far.”

De­fend­ing cham­pion Sul­tana Frizell of Canada fin­ished just out­side the medals.

HT: 1 J Rat­cliffe (NZL) 69.94; 2 A Hul­ley 68.20; 3 L Nielsen 65.03; 4 S Frizell (CAN) 63.94; 5 Q Obis­esan (NGR) 63.84; 6 CARYS PARRY (WAL) 61.58; 7 T Gumbs (IVB) 60.97; 8 D McCon­nell 59.60

So­phie Hitchon: dis­as­trous three no throws

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