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British athlete Keely Hodgkinson won the silver medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. In that race, she improved Dame Kelly Holmes national record by clocking a 1:55.88 performance.

Hodgkinson, age 19, was bettered only by fellow 19-year-old Athing Mu from the US.

During this interview, we discuss her big race and goals for spring and summer 2022.

Asked about her training volume, she and Jenny Meadows – a two-time World Championships bronze medallist – shared that Hodgkinson’s volume is surprisingly low. Her improvement from when she better the two-minute barrier to 1:55.88 was rapid.

Hodgkinson grew up swimming and running, but switched to running as a young teen and raced various distances. She has settled on the 800m, however, did not rule out moving up to the 1500m. According to Meadows, Hodgkinson could run close to four minutes for the distance now. World-class performances are now below 4:00.

Hodgkinson also ran a very strong 400m distance race during 2021 of 59:21. She says that they are working on continuing to improve her one-lap time.

Currently, Hodgkinson is focussing on the 2022 indoor track season and is anticipating potentially competing in the World Indoor, World Outdoor Championships and possibly the Commonwealth Games.

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