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The 20-year-old star had to settle for silver again, being beaten in a sprint by Kenya’s Mary Moraa, who also lowered her colors at the Stockholm Diamond League earlier this season



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Keeley Hodgkinson

Keely Hodgkinson will be the first to admit that silver is not just silver.

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It’s been a little over a year since she won that medal at the Tokyo Olympics. Her face was wide-eyed in shock and disbelief as she also broke the British 800m record held by Kelly Holmes.

And it’s been 12 days since she won silver at the World Championships in Oregon, just eight-hundredths of a second from the lead.

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The Commonwealth Games in Birmingham was to be where she finally perfected the alchemy required for a gold upgrade while friends and family watched another rocking night at the Alexander Stadium.

But the 20-year-old had to settle for silver again, beaten in a sprint finish by Kenya’s Mary Moraa, who also lowered her colors in the Stockholm Diamond League earlier this season.

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In only her second senior season, the super-talented Hodgkinson, who is just past her teens, is far too young to be called a bridesmaid, but it was clear that second was stung.

“Frustrated is the right word,” she said. “I’m not exactly sure what happened, it happened so quickly.

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“There are positive results but they’re still not gold medals so I’m still angry until I’m at the top of the podium.

“I would give myself an eight and a half out of ten [for the season] because that’s what I really wanted. The World Championships were definitely going to be the toughest challenge, but I thought I was going to win here, but I don’t think it should be.”

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Moraa’s tactics were certainly designed to confuse, she hit up front, fell back and then found a second wind to chase a fading Hodgkinson down the stretch.

Scotland’s Laura Muir frantically threw himself across the line to take bronze, though Jamaica appealed that photo finish, delaying the planned medal ceremony.

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Hodgkinson and trainer Trevor Painter will be watching the replay of this enigmatic race with interest and she has just ten days before she returns to the track at the European Championships in Munich.

“Maybe I could have been a little more patient but I gave it my all,” added Hodgkinson.

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“I know she started pretty hard, there was a bit of argy-bargy in the corner and I wanted to keep my good position. I didn’t know what Mary was doing, I focused on myself.

“In the last 200 meters we have quite similar strengths so my plan is to be in front of her and hopefully she won’t catch me but obviously she had more.

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“We’re still learning and I still have a chance to finish this season with gold.”

Zharnel Hughes took silver in the men’s 200m while Jereem Richard of Trinidad and Tobago set a game record of 19.80 seconds.

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Hughes ran a season-best 20.12 seconds, exactly the same time as he did four years ago on the Gold Coast when he won gold, but then saw that medal stripped from him for crippling a rival after completing a lap of honor would have.

England’s Adam Hague and Harry Coppell also took silver and bronze in the men’s pole vault, while Alastair Chambers took Guernsey’s first track and field medal – and just her eighth all-time with a bronze medal in the men’s 400m hurdles.

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“Coming here, I knew I could make history for our little island,” he said. “I’m so proud to be from Guernsey and putting it on the map is my dream.

“It was emotional, it was a tough race. I had Covid last week so it’s been a tough comeback.”

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