Keely Hodgkinson: who is English 800m runner

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Britain’s Keely Hodgkinson just missed out on the 800m world title on the final day of the IAAF World Championships in Eugene, Oregon, USA.

Hodgkinson, who clinched a silver medal in the 800m, was part of a British team that took home seven medals – one gold, one silver and five bronzes.

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Hodgkinson ran the season’s best time of 1:56.38 in the final, just missing out on American Athing Mu by a gold medal.

Despite her success, the 20-year-old admitted she was frustrated with the end result. She said: “I’m satisfied but not over the moon. I’m a little disappointed to miss gold by 0.08 which is a tiny margin I’ve worked so hard to complete but I’ll take the positives.”

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Here’s everything you need to know about Keely Hodgkinson.

Silver medalist Keely Hodgkinson of Team Great Britain poses during the medal ceremony for the women’s 800m (Getty Images)

Who is Keely Hodgkinson?

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Keely Hodgkinson is an English athlete who specializes in the 800 meter dash. She made headlines in 2021 when she stormed to second place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, breaking the British record previously held by Kelly Holmes.

Kelly Hodgkisnon was born on March 3rd, 2002 and grew up in Atherton, near Wigan.

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Hodgkinson, nicknamed “The Hoge”, started running at the age of 10 after being inspired by the success of Team GB and Jessica Ennis-Hill at the London 2012 Olympics.

At the age of 16, Hodgkinson made her mark after winning gold at the European Under-18 Championship in Hungary. The following year she was awarded a bronze medal at the U20 European Championships in Sweden.

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Hodgkinson, who is currently studying criminology at Leeds Becket University, became the youngest-ever 800m champion at the 2021 European Indoor Championships. She also became a Diamond League champion that same year.

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  • 2018 European U18 Championship – Gold Medal
  • 2019 European U20 Championship – Bronze Medal
  • Olympic Games 2020 – Silver Medal
  • Diamond League 2021 – Gold Medal
  • European Indoor Championship 2021 – Gold Medal
  • World Championship 2022 – Silver Medal
Athing Mu of Team United States narrowly beat Keely Hodgkinson. (Getty Images)

Will Keely Hodgkinson attend the Commonwealth Games?

After narrowly missing out on gold at the World Athletics Championships, Hodgkinson will be aiming for gold on home soil at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

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Athletics action at the Commonwealth Games begins with the marathons on Saturday 30th July, with the first round of the women’s 800m taking place on 2nd August.

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