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Medway's Shaunagh Brown eyeing Commonwealth Games hammer success with England after throwing new best at Folksam Grand Prix

By Luke Cawdell
Medway's Shaunagh Brown will go into next month's Commonwealth Games in confident mood after setting a new best in the hammer Picture: Mark Shearman

Shaunagh Brown celebrated her inclusion in England’s Commonwealth Games squad by throwing a personal best at the weekend.

The Gillingham gas-fitter hurled the hammer 66.85m at the Folksam Grand Prix in Gothenburg to break her previous best of 66.06.

The 24-year-old had qualified for next month’s games in Glasgow after comfortably making the B-standard distance but, with selection already secured, she then broke the A-standard on Saturday.

Brown, also a reserve for the shot put, said: "I had already been selected but that was a nice way to top it off. It was a great confidence boost for me ahead of the games and I managed to find four metres in one competition.”

It was on her final throw that she achieved a PB to claim second place in the event. She is still some distance behind favourite Sultana Fritzell, but hasn’t ruled out returning with a medal.

Canadian Fritzell has already thrown 75m, while fellow England hammer thrower Sophie Hitchon is primed for a silver, with a personal best of 72m.

“The bronze medal is what everyone else is going for and it’s wide open,” said the former lifeguard.

“I was buzzing at the news when I was told I had qualified but I had to tell my parents to keep it a secret. My grandad’s on facebook and I had to tell him not to post anything!”

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