‘What the f***?’: Team GB’s Keely Hodgkinson was left speechless after breaking Kelly Holmes’ British record to become the first British 800m medalist since Athens 2004 with silver when American favorite Athing Mu wins
Keely Hodgkinson finished second in the women’s 800m final, breaking Kelly Holmes’ British record and becoming Team GB’s first Olympic medalist since 2004, in a race that saw three British women compete for the first time in an Olympic final. were standing.
Hodgkinson broke a long-standing record that Holmes had held since 1995. Her time of 1 minute 55.88 seconds broke Holmes’ record of 1:56:21.
Jemma Reekie and Alexandra Bell also broke their own personal bests, finishing fourth and seventh respectively.
Keely Hodgkinson takes the silver medal in the women’s 800 meters in a new British record time
The victory went to the impressive Athing Mu – the American athlete and big favorite who took gold in a time of 1:55:21.
Mu was always comfortable up front, but all three British women were happy to race in the back on the first lap before Reekie and Hodgkinson made their moves on the last lap.
Reekie looked good in the fight for a medal, but at the end she ran out of steam when Raevyn Rogers passed her for bronze.
Bell didn’t get any money to go to this event, but she was actually the fastest of the three British women who qualified in the semi-finals.
The 28-year-old from Leeds finished seventh – this after Laura Muir withdrew from the event to focus on the 1500m.
Hodgkinson celebrates as she crosses the finish line to finish second behind Athing Mu
Alexandra Bell (right) hugs Hodgkinson as she finished an impressive seventh
But it was Hodgkinson’s job to outrun the other medal contenders – her time beating the record Holmes set 26 years ago by more than half a second.
And she couldn’t believe what she had done, so much so that she was speechless when she spoke to her trainer after the race.
The words ‘what the f***!’ was the best she could do when she took the Union Jack flag from the stands to celebrate.
Kelly Holmes is a legend. I’ve looked up to her and talked to her over the past few days, she’s a lovely person,” Hodkinson said.
‘I just don’t have the words for it. It means so much, and thank you to everyone who has messaged over the past few days.
“If the Olympics had been last year, I wouldn’t be here, but suddenly I have a year to grow and compete with these girls.”
Jemma Reekie just missed a medal to finish fourth, but she still set a personal best
US Raevyn Rogers finished strong to cross the line in third, narrowly ahead of Reekie
Reekie added: “I wanted to win, but sometimes you have to learn. Paris is not far away.
“I wanted to do better. I’m going to be hard on myself because I wanted to win, but I think I’ll look back in two years and realize how well I did.”
Bell raved about her run, saying, ‘I’m glad I got a PB out of it, I was so focused not to finish last!
“I didn’t even worry about the time during the race. But that’s just racing, if you’re focused on the race, the times just follow.”
Athing Mu was the favorite and she took the gold medal in a time of 1:55:21