Scotby hammer thrower Nick Miller admits he has started to find his “groove” after he achieved the World Championship and Olympic qualification standard in Greece.

Miller won in Crete on Sunday with a second-round throw of 77.72m, before he landed an even bigger throw of 78.39m - the second best of his career - in Poland in midweek.

Those efforts saw the 26-year-old throw the qualifying distance ahead of the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, which starts in September, and the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

But yesterday, he still didn't do enough to get the better of home athletes Wojciech Nowicki (80.26m) and Pawel Fajdek (80.09) as the Cumbrian finished third.

It came after Border Harrier Miller's third best mark of his career at the weekend, which he backed up with two further efforts in excess of the 76m mark, helped him to defeat Greece’s Mihail Anastasakis (75.60m), while neutral athletes Yevgeniy Korotovskiy (73.64m) and Denis Lukyanov (72.50m) came third and fourth, respectively.

He said: "I’m happy to get my World and Olympic standards ticked off.

"I’m also happy with my win on Sunday and very grateful for my invitation to the competition. I’m starting to find my groove again and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season."

Miller had began his campaign with a win in Brazil last month as he threw 73.81m.