Hodgkinson takes silver in a British record time


Keely Hodgkinson SMASHES Kelly Holmes’ British record to become first British 800m medallist since Athens 2004 with a superb silver, as American favourite Athing Mu seals blistering win

Keely Hodgkinson finished second in the women’s 800m final to break Kelly Holmes’ British record and become Team GB’s first Olympic medallist in the event since 2004, in a race that featured three British women in an Olympic final for the first time ever.

Hodgkinson broke a long-standing record that Holmes had held since 1995. Her time of 1 minute and 55.88 seconds smashed Holmes’ record of 1:56:21.

Jemma Reekie and Alexandra Bell also broke their own personal bests to finish fourth and seventh respectively.

Keely Hodgkinson took the silver medal in the women's 800m in a new British record time

Keely Hodgkinson took the silver medal in the women’s 800m in a new British record time

The victory went to the impressive Athing Mu – the US athlete and hot favourite taking gold in a time of 1:55:21. 

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