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Nick Miller eases into hammer final at World Athletics Championships

Nick Miller qualified for the final on Sunday (library picture) Credit: PA

Carlisle hammer thrower Nick Miller eased his way into the final at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing, with a throw of 77.44 metres.

The 22-year-old needed just one attempt during qualifications at the Bird's Nest. His throw was just short of the 77.55 metres he threw last month to break the 31-year-old British record. The Commonwealth Games silver medallist will compete in the final tomorrow.

Last month Nick was back home from studying in America and training at the Sheepmount Stadium in Carlisle. Hannah McNulty caught up with him, watch her report again here

Nick Miller reveals he almost didn't attend record-breaking meeting after fall

Cumbrian hammer thrower Nick Miller says he thought about not attending the athletics meeting in Sweden where he broke the British record. The 22-year-old from Carlisle slipped in the bathroom on the morning of the meet and hit his head.

But after being thoroughly checked out and deciding he was fit enough to go-ahead with the event at the Karlstad GP, it certainly paid off. He threw 77.55 metres on his first attempt, beating by one centimetre the previous best, which had stood for 31 years. Nick studies in America but is back home in Carlisle and is preparing for the World Championships in Beijing next month. Hannah McNulty spoke to him at the Sheepmount Stadium:

Record-breaker's parents 'overwhelmed'

A hammer thrower from Cumbria has broken the British record, which had stood for 31 years.

Nick Miller, who was brought up in Carlisle, threw 77.55 metres at an athletics meeting in Sweden.

He broke the record, set in 1984, by a centimetre. His family were watching at home when it happened:

We're just absolutely overwhelmed, I haven't slept all night, really excited, so so proud of Nick and of course delighted for him because that's what he wants to achieve."

– Debra Brewer, Nick's mum

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