Great Britain’s Keely Hodgkinson has made massive statement this weekend after she broke the women’s 600m world indoor record at the World Athletics Indoor Tour Bronze meeting in Manchester, UK, on Saturday (28). This was Hodgkinson’s first time racing over the distance, and she did so on her home track.
The Olympic silver medalist recorded a time of 1:23.4, eclipsing the1:23.44 set in Moscow by Russian Olga Kotlyarova in 2004. This is a significant accomplishment for Hodgkinson, who is only 20 years old and has already achieved great success in her young career.
In 2022, the young athlete claimed 800m silver at the World Championships before winning the gold medal in the discipline at the Europeans. Read more: Alicia Monson takes Mile Run Invitational at 2023 Dr. Sander Columbia Challenge
This year, she’s off to a great start and is looking to defend her European indoor title, which she won in 2021, at March’s Championships in Istanbul.
“I expected to break the world record,” Hodgkinson told BBC Sport. “It’s a lot different chasing times than it is chasing positions because times it’s literally all out and you’ve got to hope you’ve got enough in there.”
Hodgkinson, who also won a silver medal in the 800m behind American Athing Mu at the Olympic Games at Tokyo 2022, was delighted with her season opener and is looking forward to what is to come.
“It was nice to start the season with something fun and accomplish what I set out to do,” Hodgkinson added. “I’ll be attempting to defend my European indoor title, which I won in 2021, at March’s Championships in Istanbul.
“It’ll be my first senior title to try and defend. I’ll be 21 while I’m out there so it’d be a nice birthday present.”
In addition to Hodgkinson’s record-breaking performance, there were several other notable achievements at the World Athletics Indoor Tour Bronze meeting. Isabelle Boffey won the women’s 800m in 2:02.70 before pacing the runners in the women’s 600m.
World 4x100m medallist Reece Prescod won his 60m heat in 6.60 but did not contest the final. Medwin Odamtten won with a time of 6.68.