Keely Hodgkinson wins silver in a thrilling battle for Athing Mu at the World Championships

Britain’s Keely Hodgkinson took silver on the final day of the World Championships.

The 20-year-old adds her Olympic silver medal from last year after running a best-of-season run in Eugene of one minute, 56.38 seconds.

She was beaten to gold by USA’s Athing Mu, who also won last year’s Tokyo Olympics, while Kenya’s Mary Moraa was third.

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

The medal is Britain’s sixth at the World Cup in America, which concludes on Sunday.

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, her sponsor Barrie Wells gave her a spin in an Aston Martin, but this time Hodgkinson just wanted to toast to 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. “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.” Keely Hodgkinson wins silver in a thrilling battle for Athing Mu at the World Championships

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