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Cumbrian hammer thrower breaks record

Cumbria's Nick Miller has broken his own British record days before the Commonwealth Games begins in Australia.

He threw a new record of 78.29 metres, breaking his previous distance of 77.55 metres during The Stanford Invitational competition in America.

Nick, who gained a Commonwealth Games silver medal in Glasgow four years ago, is hoping to go one better when he competes on the Gold Coast over the next two weeks.

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:

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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