The women’s shot put opened the Sunday programme at the British Athletics Indoor Championships in Birmingham and saw a superb performance from Sophie McKinna who found it was a case of lucky 13th as she won her first national title after 12 previous losses.

She opened with an indoor PB 17.64m but followed with a 17.97m which moved her up to third all-time in the UK indoor rankings. It is an outright PB and the furthest a British shot putter has achieved since the year 2000. She threw 17.59m in round three but then had three no throws.

Amelia Strickler was also in good form. She set 17.25m and then 17.28m PBs to also confirm her selection for the European Indoors as she again surpassed the Glasgow standard.

Adele Nicoll was third with 15.58m while world under-20 heptathlon champion Niamh Emerson was eighth with 13.16m.

“I have been wanting this British title for a long, long time,” said McKinna. “Last year I lost by just 3cm which was the best and worst competition in my life all at once.

“This time it was the best competition I have had and I put together a good series. Unfortunately, at the end the circle was getting a bit slippery due to chalk so I couldn’t improve on it.”

Source: AW

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