World Athletics Championships: Keely Hodgkinson takes silver in 800m duel with Athing Mu

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Nice Britain’s Keely Hodgkinson fell simply in need of the 800m world title in a stunning home-straight duel with American Olympic champion Athing Mu.

Hodgkinson, who admitted she was “a bit gutted” with silver, completed in 1:56.38, eight hundredths off Mu.

The pair went toe-to-toe down the ultimate 100m as Hodgkinson pulled alongside the house crowd favorite, however couldn’t fairly cross her for victory.

“I gave it every little thing proper as much as the road,” Hodgkinson mentioned.

“A world silver just isn’t too dangerous. It provides gas to the fireplace. I’ll go away and I nonetheless have extra championships to return so must refocus for that.

“I am gunning for a bit extra so I’m wanting ahead to subsequent yr.”

Hodgkinson’s rivalry with Mu, additionally 20, appears set to outline the occasion for the World Championships in Budapest in 2023, the Olympics in Paris in 2024 and, probably, a few years past.

Each barely broke a smile as they have been launched to the group earlier than the beginning, the strain of their contest clear.

They hit the bell in a swift 57.09 seconds, and the race boiled right down to the anticipated face-off down the again straight.

Mu made the primary transfer, stretching her legs to open a lead, however Hodgkinson’s counter adopted quickly after.

The Briton dragged herself again alongside Mu and appeared poised to cross up the within in a dramatic heist.

However Mu discovered simply sufficient to carry on to gold and maintain her rival at bay.

As she collected her breath after the end line, Hodgkinson motioned to her crew within the stands, her finger and thumb set a few inches aside to indicate the high quality margin of defeat.

The hole to Mu is small. And, as coach Trevor Painter and Jenny Meadows will remind her, diminishing.

Relay bronze completes Nice Britain medal assortment

Hurdler Jessie Knight got here into Nice Britain’s 4x400m quartet for the relay closing and, along with Victoria Ohuruogu, Nicole Yeargin and Laviai Nielsen, secured a bronze within the forty ninth and closing medal occasion of the Championships.

A gold-winning United States crew have been anchored house by Sydney McLaughlin, with Jamaica taking silver.

Whereas Jake Wightman’s 1500m victory was Nice Britain’s solitary gold, Hodgkinson’s silver, together with bronzes for Laura Muir, Dina Asher-Smith and Matthew Hudson-Smith means Nice Britain have 5 completely different particular person medallists for the primary time since 2011.

With Britain’s 4x100m relay crew additionally taking bronze, Nice Britain end with seven medals general. It’s a whole that matches the haul taken on house soil at London 2017 and by a crew together with a first-rate Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis-Hill in 2011.

“I feel it has gone significantly better for the British crew than many have been anticipating,” mentioned former world champion and BBC Sport commentator Steve Cram.

“Earlier this yr, there was concern round Dina’s kind and whether or not Keely might convert once more. Laura Muir was injured as nicely. In April or Might, we have been considering three to 5 medals could be good.

“It has been a terrific championships when it comes to Britain taking their probabilities. That’s excellent news heading into an vital cycle with Budapest subsequent yr and Paris Olympics.”

America completed prime of the medal desk with a file 33 medals, together with 13 golds. Their tally included podium clear sweeps within the males’s 100m, males’s 200m and males’s shot put.

Ingebrigtsen bounces again from 1500m defeat

Jakob Ingebrigtsen, overwhelmed by Britain’s Jake Wightman in his most popular 1500m earlier within the week, bounced again with an excellent victory within the 5000m.

The Norwegian had instructed he would finish his season within the speedy aftermath of his defeat by Wightman, however modified his thoughts and was rewarded along with his first world title as he strode away from Kenya’s Jacob Krop and Uganda’s Oscar Chelimo.

Joshua Cheptegei, who gained 5000m Olympic gold in Tokyo final summer time, completed down in ninth with Nice Britain’s Marc Scott 14th.

Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan, who ran a world file within the 100m semi-finals earlier within the day, took gold as she blitzed away from Jamaica’s Britany Anderson and Puerto Rico’s Jasmine Camacho-Quinn.

Amusan’s successful time of 12.06 seconds would have been an enchancment on the 12.12 second world file she had set a few hours earlier than, however was dominated ineligible by a tailwind over the authorized restrict.

Nice Britain’s Cindy Sember got here fifth in 12.38 seconds, a time that might have additional lowered the nationwide file she set within the semi-finals.

Britons Jazmin Sawyers and Lorraine Ugen completed ninth and tenth within the lengthy bounce with efforts of 6.62m and 6.53m respectively. Germany’s Malaika Mihambo, who fouled on her first two jumps, defended her world title, leaping out to 7.12m.

Armand Duplantis was in his class of his personal within the pole vault. The Swedish world record-holder made a first-time clearance of 6.06m to clinch gold.

No person else within the discipline managed to clear larger than 5.94m.

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