The Wigan Borough athlete finished her first round heat in a time of 2:00.18.
Hodgkinson will now compete for the gold medal at the Alexander Stadium on Saturday.
After the race she told the BBC: “I did the best I can, and the crowd itself here is amazing, it’s really nice to have their support. I’m glad to have this round done and now on to the final.
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"It’s very much a world class field. I’ve got a few days off now which is nice, and hopefully I can come away with the gold.”