Sophie settling in at Youth Olympics

The Youth Olympics would be the perfect place to set a new shot-put personal best, says Great Yarmouth's Sophie McKinna. The 15-year-old British under-17 record holder is set to compete in qualifying tomorrow, Wednesday, in Singapore, with the final scheduled for Sunday.

The Youth Olympics would be the perfect place to set a new shot-put personal best, says Great Yarmouth's Sophie McKinna.

The 15-year-old British under-17 record holder is set to compete in qualifying tomorrow, Wednesday, in Singapore, with the final scheduled for Sunday.

She is reported as telling BBC Sport: "It would be absolutely brilliant to get a personal best here. I'm really hoping to because I'm feeling in good shape.

"It's the first Youth Olympics so to maybe win a medal would be fantastic."


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The Yarmouth athlete, coached by Geoff Capes, has been settling into the Olympic Village, based at the Nanyang Technological University.

"Coming into the actual village there are lots of road signs with the Olympic Rings on and signs on skyscrapers," she said.

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"In England you didn't really realise it was that big until you get out here and see the press and atmosphere.

"It's massive to be part of the first one, not many people can say that."

McKinna qualified for the competition by virtue of her third-place finish at the European trials in Moscow in May.

She set her British under-17 record throw of 15.08m at the English Schools' Championships in Birmingham in July.

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