‘I came here to win’: Keely Hodgkinson admits disappointment with silver

Angry Keely Hodgkinson will put all celebrations on hold after winning silver at the World 800m Championships.

The 20-year-old added her Olympic silver medal after a season best of 1 minute 56.38 seconds in Eugene on Sunday.

She was beaten by 0.08 seconds by USA’s Athing Mu, also last year’s Olympic champion, while Kenya’s Mary Moraa was third.

Silver medalist Keely Hodgkinson of Great Britain celebrates after the final in the women’s 800m at the IAAF World Athletics Championships (Ashley Landis/AP)


After Tokyo, she treated sponsor Barrie Wells to a spin in an Aston Martin, but this time Hodgkinson just wanted to toast gold.

“I don’t deserve it (the Aston Martin). I have to earn that,” she said before competing in next week’s Commonwealth Games.

“This year, all I had on my mind was gold. It definitely shows the expectations I have for myself.

“I’m definitely a bit upset, but to finish on another world podium in my second year in the professional world of athletics is something I should be proud of.

“I’m grateful to be a part of it and grateful to be fighting for gold medals. I never thought I would do this when I was 20 and with another 20 year old. I have a lot of respect for her, but I’m obviously disappointed.

“I came here to win gold and it didn’t happen.”

Hodgkinson was leading by 0.03s with 700m to go, but Mur rallied in the final 100m and managed to edge out her British rival just before the finish line.

Mu beat Hodgkinson by 0.67s in Japan, with the Brit catching up this time.

“It shows that I’ve improved compared to last year,” she said. “That’s what you’re trying to do. Unfortunately it wasn’t good enough this time but the gap is closing and hopefully I’ll make it there one day.

“I took the shortest route. I sat in, biding my time. I was confident. I don’t think I did anything wrong, it just wasn’t my time.

“We (her and Mu) don’t end up at each other that often, which I think is a good thing because it builds the tension of the rivalry across the pond. I think we can push each other to new heights if we try to get to the top. Lets see what happens.”

After Hodgkinson’s silver, Great Britain’s women’s 4 x 400m relay took bronze in the last competition at Hayward Field.

Victoria Ohuruogu, Nicole Yeargin, Jessie Knight and Laviai Nielsen were three minutes and 22.64 seconds behind USA and Jamaica.

Knight said: “It was such a dream to run with these girls. There is so much potential in this team and there are other girls who are not running here at the moment. I just want to soak it up, those moments don’t come around very often.”

Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan broke the world record en route to gold in the 100m hurdles semifinals with a time of 12.12 seconds.

Cindy Sember’s 12.50 in the same race was a British record, beating her sister Tiffany Porter’s previous mark by 0.01 seconds and finishing fifth in the final.

Great Britain’s Cindy Sember (right) and Jamaica’s Danielle Williams (centre) during the women’s 100m hurdles on day ten of the IAAF World Championships (Martin Rickett/PA)

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Jazmin Sawyers and Lorraine Ugen finished ninth and tenth in the long jump. Sawyers clocked 6.62 m with Ugen 6.53 m, well below her personal best of 7.05 m.

Jakob Ingebrigtsen shook off the disappointment of being beaten in the 1500m by Jake Wightman to storm to victory in the 5000m. The Norwegian won in 13 minutes 09.24 seconds ahead of Britain’s Marc Scott in 14th.

Armand Duplantis of Sweden broke the world record in the pole vault, winning by a distance of 6.21m.

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