ISTANBUL, Turkey (March 5, 2023) – Keely Hodgkinson once again proved her dominance in the 800m race as she claimed her second European Indoor Championships title at the Ataköy Arena in Istanbul.
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.