Keely Hodgkinson 'gutted' despite smashing her own UK record
Keely Hodgkinson revealed her frustration at not setting a new world record - despite breaking her own British 800m indoor record at the World Indoor Tour in Birmingham on Saturday.
The 20-year-old from Atherton - coached by Wigan duo Trevor Painter and his wife Jenny Meadows - ran a stunning 1:57:18 on the track where she set her previous record last year.
But rather than basking in the glory, she was only thinking of going faster – and reflecting on another record that got away.
"I've had time to calm down," she said. "It's a British record so I can't complain.
"But you know when you are capable of so much more. I'm a bit gutted. I felt I was on pace but in the last 50m it got away from me.
“When you set your goals high, you want to achieve them.
"It was tough to get the world record, but I’ll keep trying and I’ll keep coming back to give it a go.
“I have been really consistent and I’ve been chopping my times down.
"But there’s always the next thing in sport. For me now, it’s straight into the Europeans and that’s my focus now.”
The world record of 1:55.82 was set by Jolanda Ceplak on March 3,2002 - the very day Hodgkinson was born.
Elsewhere, Dina Asher-Smith insists she has moved on from her year of heartbreak after setting a new British 60m record.
The 27-year-old beat Daryll Neita into second, breaking her own British 60m record in the heats when she ran 7.03 seconds and clocked 7.05secs in the final.
Laura Muir missed out on Maria Mutola's 1,000m world record - exactly 24 years after it was set.
The 29-year-old ran 2:34.53 to win the race but fell short of one of her main targets in 2023.
In the men's 60m Adam Gemili came second behind Charles Dobson after two false starts disqualified Jeremiah Azu, Ojie Edoburun and Richard Akinyebo.
Josh Kerr, who won Olympic bronze in Tokyo, came fifth in the 1500m, which was won by Neil Gourley in a British record of 3:32.48.