SCOTT LINCOLN is hoping to hit the Olympics qualification mark when he goes to the European Throwing Cup next month.

The City of York Athletic Club shot-putter has been in fine form, having broken the 20-metre barrier in 2019 before hitting a personal-best 20.65m in a truncated 2020.

After picking up again in February this year, he has been climbing steadily to a season high of 20.29m.

To qualify for the Olympic Games in Japan this year, Lincoln needs a throw of at least 21.1m by the end of June - and he is hoping to get it sooner rather than later.

“I’ve been consistently over the 20 mark, which is big, and it hasn’t been done in Britain for a long time, which is good,” he said.

“I’m feeling pretty good at the moment and hopefully something big will happen.

“I’ve sorted my diet out a bit and I’ve cut down on work to three days a week. That’s helped with recovery.

“My technique is good, it’s just a matter of putting it all together. Hopefully I’ll have a big throw.”

The cup is taking place from May 8 to 9 in Split, Croatia. Lincoln will be accompanied by two British hammer-throwers.

Thanks to his sporting status, Lincoln has been able to train through lockdowns while many others have been stopped in their tracks.

He explained: “I’m classed as elite so the track at the York Sports Centre has been able to open for me and I’ve been training at my own gym in the workshop.

“I’ve got my own throwing circle now so I won’t be stopped,” he chuckled.