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Great Britain’s Keely Hodgkinson ran the fastest women’s indoor 800m time of the year at the Copernicus Cup in Torun, Poland clocking an impressive 1:57.87 performance. She took the lead with 200m to go and didn’t appear overly stressed by the effort.
The 20-year-old Olympic and world silver medallist Hodgkinson won the race on Wednesday, perhaps setting the tone for the upcoming outdoor seaon, which will lead to the 2023 Budapest World Athletics Championships.
In January, Hodgkinson broke the 600m world indoor record in Manchester, UK.
Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay won the indoor mile in the same meet.
The 5000m specialist clocked the time of 4:16.16, well shy of fellow Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba’s record of 4:13:31, but still good for number two all time. Tsegay happens to be the 2022 Eugene World Athletics Championships gold medallist in the 5000m. She earned bronze in Tokyo. She is also the World Indoors defending 1500m champion.
Hodgkinson is not only the Olympic and World Championships silver medallist in the 800m, she is the defending European Champion and Commonwealth Games silver medallist. Her personal best of 1:55.88 is the European U20 record and British record. Her 600m best of 1:23.41 run in Manchester on Jan. 28 is a World best for the distance (not kept as a record by World Athletics).