Super Keely in line for prestigious award
Keely Hodgkinson has been announced as one of the five nominees for the 2021 World Athletics Female Rising Star Award.
The 19-year-old from Leigh, who is coached by Wigan’s Trevor Painter and his wife Jenny Meadows, has enjoyed a meteoric year.
After setting the world Under-20 indoor record in Vienna in January, she then became European Indoor champion in March.
Outdoors, she claimed a second national title before winning 800m silver at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, after running the fastest ever time (1:55:88) by a UK runner.
Hodgkinson followed that up by winning the prestigious Zurich Diamond League, earning her a wildcard entry into next year’s World Championships in Eugene.
She’s also the first major athlete confirmed for the World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold meeting in Birmingham on Saturday, February 19.
“I’m so excited to be running in Birmingham,” she said. “It’s going to be one of my big races of the season and I can’t wait to be back in front of a home crowd.
“I had a great indoor season in 2021 and that set me up perfectly for the outdoors and the Olympic Games.
“Competing at home with a big crowd in Birmingham will hopefully set me up for the same in 2022 with some massive major championships on the horizon.”
Hodgkinson’s rivals for the Female Rising Star Award are Finnish hammer thrower Silja Kosonen, Namibian 200m runner Christine Mboma, American 800m runner Athing Mu and Ethiopian 300m steeplechaser Zerfe Wondemagegn.
The winner will be selected by an international panel of experts and announced on December 1.
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