The British runner, who was the pre-race favorite, lived up to expectations by clocking in at 1:58.66 on the final day of competition. – Read more: Jakob Ingebrigtsen retains European Indoor 1500m title
Starting strong with a first 400m of 58.22, Hodgkinson broke away from the pack on the final lap, leaving her competitors behind as she crossed the finish line in commanding fashion.
Slovenia’s Anita Horvat, a finalist in the World Championships, put up a strong fight to take the silver medal with a time of 2:00.54.
Agnès Raharolahy of France earned the bronze with 2:00.85, just edging out Lorea Ibarzabal of Spain (2:00.87) and Swiss runner Audrey Werro (2:00.91).
In the men’s 800m race, Spain’s Adrian Ben took home the gold medal after a close finish with Frenchman Robert Benjamin.
Both athletes recorded a time of 1:47.34, with Ben edging out his competitor on the line. Belgium’s Eliott Crestan rounded out the podium with a bronze-winning time of 1:47.65.