Three Brits in Girls’s 800 last
What an 18 months it has been for Keely Hodgkinson! European indoor champion, Olympic silver medalist, Diamond League champion, World silver medalist, Commonwealth silver medalist, and now European champion.
She summed up her emotions: “I’m undoubtedly actually completely happy to have completed the season with this particular gold medal. I felt just like the race may have gone a number of other ways. I believed I might sit again just a little bit and see what everybody else would do. I received to 250m in an excellent place and I set it up nicely to assault the final 120 and I had sufficient to carry it residence.
“This one means loads. I’ve received an excellent help group round me who’ve helped me to mentally get by way of the season. There have been a number of modifications for myself as I’ve tailored to skilled athlete life, however I’m dwelling out my childhood desires, so I actually can’t complain”.
There have been three British ladies within the race, so UK expectations have been excessive. The consequence was:
1 Keely Hodgkinson (GB) 1:59.04
2 Renelle Lamote (France) 1:59.49
3 Anna Wielgosz (Poland) 1:59.87
4 Lore Hofmann (Switzerland) 1:59.92
5 Jemma Reekie (GB) 2:00.31
6 Alex Bell (GB) 2:00.68
7 Christina Hering (Germany) 2:00.82
8 Louise Shanahan (Eire) 2:01.64
Fifth place was a bitter-sweet end for Jemma Reekie, who had glandular fever (mononucleosis) in February and remains to be recovering. She informed me afterward: “I ran it tactically OK, however I simply didn’t have the vitality on the house straight. It was at all times going to be dangerous working the Europeans three days in a row. Some days I’ve been discovering it robust simply to come back out and do one race.
“Andy [Young, her coach] and I each knew that if it was an excellent day, I may exit and problem Keely and hoped to win it. However I by no means know if it will be an excellent day till I’m within the race, and in the present day my vitality simply was not there.
“I’ve received to take the positives, and I believe it reveals that I’m almost there and what I can do subsequent yr. I believe I’ve realized loads this season, and I believe I’ll come again loads stronger. I’ve identified that I can run 1:58 when I’m not 100%. I take that as a optimistic forward of subsequent yr, and I will likely be totally wholesome by then”.
Alex Bell mentioned: “I’m sixth in Europe, so I’m completely delighted. I used to be in competition as we went into the second lap; then, I noticed Keely exit for it, and I simply had an excessive amount of to do on the ultimate bend. I attempted to get across the Polish athlete, which pressured me extensive, and I finally paid for that within the last little bit of the race. However from the place I used to be coming into this summer time, I’m actually happy with myself for being a European finalist and giving it my greatest.
“There have been some bumps within the street throughout the season. It actually solely received going after I was in Eugene for the Worlds. So to jam-pack so many races into a number of weeks, I’m proud of what now we have carried out and the progress now we have made. I’m wanting ahead to resting now and going once more for subsequent yr! I’m excited to get on the market once more”.
British middle-distance working is in an excellent place, and it’s encouraging to see the three athletes wanting ahead to subsequent yr.