Diamond League

How to watch Keely Hodgkinson take on a strong field at London Diamond League?

World leader Keely Hodgkinson is set to blaze the track at the Wanda Diamond League. Don't miss the live stream of the 800m race as Hodgkinson aims to go fast!

Symone Goss

Keely Hodgkinson wins the 800m at the UK Athletics Championships
Keely Hodgkinson wins the 800m at the UK Athletics Championships

LONDON (July 23) – The Wanda Diamond League, set to take place at the London Stadium on Sunday (23), is gearing up for what should be an intense competition in the women’s 800m race. The event will feature home favorite Keely Hodgkinson, the world and Olympic silver medalist, who is currently leading the 2023 world top list with a brilliant 1:55.77 at the Paris Diamond League meeting in June.

Hodgkinson, who recently ran a 51.76 PB for the bronze medal in the 400m at the European U23 Athletics Championships in Espoo, Finland, is using the Diamond League as part of her speed work to run a faster 800m. This event will close out the schedule at 10:51 a.m. ET.

The Great Britain national record holder, who will make her third appearance in finals this outdoor season, is expected to be well pushed today, as she will be joined by Halimah Nakaayi, the 2019 world champion and the second-fastest in the world this year, and Natoya Goule-Toppin, the world, and Olympic finalist, who is the fourth-fastest in 2023.

Halimah Nakaayi of Uganda races in the 800mPin
Halimah Nakaayi of Uganda races in the 800m at the Eure Reuil Athletics Meeting 2022. Photo credit: SIPA/Shutterstock

Also on the start list today is Slovenia’s Anita Horvat, who is coming off a quality win at the Banská Bystrica – P-T-S Meeting 2023 and will be aiming to carry this momentum into the upcoming race.

Today’s race at the London Stadium will feature several international athletes, including nine runners with sub-two minutes season bests.

The London Diamond League race today is another crucial event in the run-up to the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, scheduled from August 19 to 27, 2023.

Diamond League records and standings

The Diamond League record for the 800m women’s race stands at 1:54.25, set by Caster Semenya at Stade Charléty, Paris, in 2018. The world record is held by Jarmila Kratochvílová, who ran 1:53.28 in Munich in 1983.

The Diamond League Qualifiers Standings after 4 of 6 qualification meetings show Mary Moraa leading with 24 points, followed by Natoya Goule-Toppin with 23 points. Keely Hodgkinson is in the fourth position with 15 points.

Who are the 800m runners to watch at the London Diamond League?

  1. Keely Hodgkinson (GBR): Hodgkinson is the world and Olympic silver medalist and the 2023 world leader with a brilliant 1:55.77 at the Paris Diamond League meeting in June. She is currently leading the world rankings and is expected to be a strong contender to challenge her world-leading time.
  2. Halimah Nakaayi (UGA): The 2019 world champion, Nakaayi, is the second-fastest in the world this year with a season-best of 1:57.78. She has consistently performed well and is expected to put up a strong performance in what should be a very exciting race in London.
  3. Natoya Goule-Toppin (JAM): Goule-Toppin, the world, and Olympic finalist, is the fourth-fastest in 2023 with a season-best of 1:57.90. She has been in excellent form this year and should be challenging for a podium place in London as she seeks a first world athletics global medal.
  4. Anita Horvat (SLO): Horvat recently secured a significant win at the Banská Bystrica – P-T-S Meeting 2023 with a personal best of 1:58.73. She wants to carry this momentum into the upcoming race, and sub 1:58.00 time would be a world of good to her confidence ahead of the world track and field championships.

About The Author

Symone Goss

Simone Goss has been with World-Track since 2003 and has done outstanding work at the back end to help out with traveling and other meeting related activities. Goss has also done work for SportingEagles, Blaze News and other media outlets. She obtains a bachelor degree in Communication.

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