Sophie McKinna ready for virtual launch showdown

LONDON: World sport may have stalled due to the coronavirus pandemic but 160 Athletes will participate in a virtual launch competition on Saturday.

One of them, British champion Sophie McKinna , he has been working hard in his backyard.

Using a portable circle and comments from his coach via a video link, McKinna says he has been able to train almost as usual, despite the country being locked up.

I have my portable circle that I drop and throw, said McKinna, whose best personal mark is 17.97 meters.

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I am quite positive mentally, because I can still train. If I couldn't, it would be a different story.

This weekend's Valhalla Virtual Shooting Launch Contest will feature an elite showdown as McKinna and the British men's champion Scott Lincoln take on top under-20 Athletes Lewis Byng and Serena vincent , with that duel that will be broadcast live.

It will be like a normal competition, we don't know when we will be able to compete again, so this is like a model, he said. It will be a little fun.

Entries for the event, backed by athletic equipment supplier Neuff, have come from as far afield as New Zealand, South Africa and Costa Rica with throwers ranging from under 13s to over 70s.

What if you don't have a chance? No problem.

"There are so many Athletes who don't have their own implements," former discus thrower Paul Wilson , who runs the Valhalla Throws Academy and thought up the virtual event, says.

What I have suggested to these people is that they just throw a can of beans or, if they are in a park, find a rock!

Participants can launch at any time of day on May 2, but the elite competition will start at 1300 GMT.

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