Keely Hodgkinson breaks the world under-20 indoor 800m record

Jane McGuire
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Photo credit: Bryn Lennon - Getty Images
Photo credit: Bryn Lennon - Getty Images

From Runner's World

  • At the Indoor Track & Field Vienna meeting on Saturday, January 30, Keely Hodgkinson broke the world under-20 indoor 800m record.

  • 18-year-old Hodgkinson ran 800m in 1:59.03, breaking the record set in 2004 by Ethiopian runner Meskerem Legesse by exactly two seconds.

Keely Hodgkinson, who will turn 19 in March, sat just off the leaders for the first half of the race, before breaking away in the final lap of the 800m race to shave two seconds off the indoor under-20 world record.

Her performance also moves her to number four on the UK all-time indoor senior rankings, behind Jemma Reekie, Jenny Meadows and Laura Muir.

Ireland’s Nadia Power finished in second place, crossing the line in 2:02.44, setting a new Irish indoor record.

After the race, Hodgkinson wrote on social media, ‘Crazy last 48 hours to get to the start line, all worth it with a world u20 record, a new pb and Olympic qualifying time🤩

Thankyou to the amazing team I have around me, 2021😍 #15903

Hodgkinson's teammates also shared their support:

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