Keely Hodgkinson adds Zurich Diamond Trophy to honours list

Keely Hodgkinson has continued her incredible year by winning the 800m at the prestigious Zurich Diamond League.

Thursday, 9th September 2021, 9:15 pm
Updated Monday, 13th September 2021, 11:17 am
Keely Hodgkinson on her way to victory at the Zurich Diamond League

The 19-year-old from Leigh, who is coached by Wigan's Trevor Painter and his wife Jenny Meadows, showed a clean pair of heels to a star-studded field, pocketing a cool $30,000 in the process.

Her time of 1:57.98 was enough to secure her first Diamond Trophy, with Kate Grace (USA) second in 1:58.34 and Natoya Goule (Jamaica) third in 1:58.34.

British runner Jemma Reekie was fourth in a time of 1:58.61

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"Queen @keelyhodgkinson," tweeted proud GB Olympic team-mate Emily Borthwick.

Hodgkinson's victory earns her a wildcard entry into next year's World Championships in Eugene.

"It's been a crazy year, I don't think I have had a chance to reflect on it yet," said Hodgkinson.

"There is a lot to sink in but I have enjoyed every aspect of it.

"I am going home then straight on a plane to Greece, and I am not going home for 10 days.

"I don't want to see a track for those ten days, and I am leaving my running shoes at home."

Hodgkinson has shown little sign of slowing down since winning Olympic silver in Tokyo last month with the fastest ever time by a UK runner.

She also obliterated her personal best running as a guest in a 400m event at Nottingham last week, with the second fastest time of the year by a European Under-20 athlete.

Hodgkinson is up to second in the world rankings for 800m, her highest ever placing.

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