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European Championships 2022: Keely Hodgkinson claims 800m gold – BBC

Great Britain’s Keely Hodgkinson won her first major outdoor title as she claimed gold in the women’s 800m at the European Championships.

Hodgkinson, 20, moved to the front with 200m remaining and took victory in one minute 59.04 seconds in Munich.

It is a second European title for Olympic, World and Commonwealth Games silver medallist Hodgkinson, who won indoor 800m gold as a teenager in 2021.

Britain’s men’s 4x400m relay team also won gold while the women took bronze.

Alex Haydock-Wilson held on under pressure from France and Germany following legs by 400m champion Matt Hudson-Smith, Charles Dobson and Lewis Davey, as the men’s quartet triumphed in 2:59.35.

The women’s team – Victoria Ohuruogu, Ama Pipi, Jodie Williams and Nicole Yeargin – finished behind the Netherlands and Poland to make the podium.

There was a medal for Britain in every race on the track in Saturday’s evening session, as Elizabeth Bird later clinched bronze in the 3,000m steeplechase.

Albania’s Luiza Gega won gold in a championship-record time of 9:11.31, ahead of Germany’s Lea Mayer (9:15.35), with Commonwealth silver medallist Bird crossing the line in 9:23.18. Fellow Briton Aimee Pratt was seventh.

Elsewhere, Sweden’s world record holder Armand Duplantis added to his Olympic and World titles as he set a championship record, retiring after his first-time clearance at 6.06m with the gold medal already secured.

Team-mate Jemma Reekie was the only athlete initially able to follow Hodgkinson in the closing stages, however she faded out of contention as France’s Renelle Lamote took silver ahead of Poland’s Anna Wielgosz.

Reekie, 24, finish fifth in 2:00.31, with Alex Bell sixth (2:00.68) and Ireland’s Louise Shanahan placing eighth (2:01.64).

“I think you can tell I was very happy to come here and finally get on top of the podium,” said Hodgkinson, who pointed to the sky with a beaming smile as she crossed the finish line.

“There is a great team around me that has helped me all season. It has been a hard year mentally but we’ve made it to the end with a gold and two silvers, so I’m really happy.”

Ambitious Hodgkinson ‘wants to be a legend’

Keely Hodgkinson holds both the women’s indoor and outdoor British 800m records

Hodgkinson lost out to American Olympic champion Athing Mu by 0.08 seconds at the World Championships in Eugene in July, before she was denied gold by Kenya’s Mary Moraa …….

Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/athletics/62618928

Great Britain’s Keely Hodgkinson won her first major outdoor title as she claimed gold in the women’s 800m at the European Championships.

Hodgkinson, 20, moved to the front with 200m remaining and took victory in one minute 59.04 seconds in Munich.

It is a second European title for Olympic, World and Commonwealth Games silver medallist Hodgkinson, who won indoor 800m gold as a teenager in 2021.

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Great Britain’s Keely Hodgkinson won her first major outdoor title as she claimed gold in the women’s 800m at the European Championships.

Hodgkinson, 20, moved to the front with 200m remaining and took victory in one minute 59.04 seconds in Munich.

It is a second European title for Olympic, World and Commonwealth Games silver medallist Hodgkinson, who won indoor 800m gold as a teenager in 2021.

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