Keely Hodgkinson secures her place in 800m semi-final at World Championships

Wigan borough’s athletics star Keely Hodgkinson is a step closer to a gold medal after easing into the 800m semi-finals at the World Championships.
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The 21-year-old ran 1:59.53 to win the opening heat in Budapest on Wednesday morning.

Keely, who hails from Atherton and is a member of Leigh Harriers, is aiming to improve on last year’s world silver medal.

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She will return to the track on Friday evening for the semi-final, where she will be the highest-ranked athlete in her race and has a PB two seconds faster than her nearest rival.

Keely Hodgkinson at last year's European championshipsKeely Hodgkinson at last year's European championships
Keely Hodgkinson at last year's European championships

The two other semi-finals will include teammate Jemma Reekie, who similarly looked at ease in finishing runner-up in her heat, USA’s Athing Mu, who beat Keely to Olympic and world gold, and Kenyan Mary Moraa, who pipped her in front of a home crowd at the Commonwealth Games.

The 800m final is scheduled to take place on Sunday evening.

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