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Olympics: Keely Hodgkinson targets Paris 2024 gold

Olympics: Keely Hodgkinson targets Paris 2024 gold

Nice Britain’s Keely Hodgkinson has set her sights on upgrading her 800m silver in 2021 to gold on the subsequent Olympics in Paris in three years’ time.

The 19-year-old broke Kelly Holmes’ British file en path to claiming second place within the 800m in Tokyo.

“I wish to flip this right into a gold sooner or later, that is the long-term objective in Paris,” she instructed BBC Breakfast.

“I am simply going to hold on doing what I’m doing as a result of that’s what has acquired me right here.”

Hodgkinson started 2021 aiming so as to add a European junior gold to the youth title she gained in 2018, nonetheless a primary sub-two minute time in January adopted by European indoor gold and a powerful victory in Ostrava made her re-evaluate her plans.

In June, she surged previous Laura Muir and Jemma Reekie to defend the nationwide title she gained in opposition to a weaker area 12 months earlier and guide her place on the airplane to Tokyo.

“I did not actually take into consideration the enormity of it,” stated Hodgkinson of her Olympic remaining.

“I used to be most relaxed within the remaining as a result of you have got made it there, it’s extra the heats and the semi-finals the place you get nervous.

“I simply needed to take pleasure in it as a result of that’s the largest stage I’ve been on.”

Hodgkinson was overwhelmed to gold by one other 19-year-old – Athing Mu of the USA – and their rivalry appears more likely to be witnessed for years to come back.

“Athing is a stunning woman and an incredible athlete,” added Hodgkinson on BBC Radio 5 Dwell.

Mu (proper) completed 0.67 seconds forward of Hodgkinson to win gold

“To have two 19-year-olds on the rostrum was fairly one thing I believe, it bodes for a really shiny future.

“All of us get on very well, they’re beautiful ladies and we’ve got the utmost respect for one another. I believe we’re simply going to push one another on all through the years.”

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