World Championships

Athing Mu, Keely Hodgkinson, Mary Moraa easily through: Women’s 800m heats

Athing Mu, Keely Hodgkinson, Mary Moraa, the 3 podium finishers at the 2022 World Athletics Championships in Oregon, easily advanced in the women's 800m heats.

Athing Mu in the women's 800m at the World Athletics Championships 800 results
Athing Mu of Team United States competes in the Women's 800m Semi-Final on day eight of the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 at Hayward Field on July 22, 2022 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images for World Athletics)

BUDAPEST, Hungary (August 23) – Day 5 of the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest saw the women’s 800m heats unfold, with defending champion Athing Mu, Keely Hodgkinson, and Mary Moraa effortlessly securing their spots in the semifinals.

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Athing Mu, on a quest for her third consecutive global championship gold, clinched victory in the seventh and concluding heat with a time of 1:59.59. Hot on her heels was Jamaica’s Natoya Goule-Toppin, finishing a close second at 1:59.64.

Mu, who previously triumphed in Oregon and clinched the Olympic title in Tokyo 2021, had her participation here clouded in uncertainty. Her coach, Bobby Kersee, had hinted at the possibility of her sidelining the championships to gear up for the Paris 2024 Olympics.

Keely Hodgkinson, the world and Olympic silver medalist, also smoothly transitioned to the semis, registering a win in the first heat with a time of 1:59.53. She edged out South Africa’s Prudence Sekgodiso, who clocked in at 1:59.72. As the current world-leader, Hodgkinson is a strong contender for the gold.

In other heats, Kenya’s Mary Moraa, the world bronze medalist, secured a win in heat two with a time of 1:59.89. Meanwhile, Nia Akins from the USA emerged as the morning’s swiftest qualifier, achieving victory in heat 5 with an impressive 1:59.19.

Nia Akins and Jemma Reekie in the women's 800m at the 2023 world track and field championships.
Nia Akins and Jemma Reekie in the women’s 800m at the 2023 world track and field championships. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images for World Athletics

Other standout qualifiers for the women’s 800m semifinals included Halimah Nakaayi of Uganda (1:59.68), Adelle Tracey of Jamaica (1:59.82), Habitam Alemu of Ethiopia (1:59.36), Noélie Yarigo of Benin (1:59.96), and Jemma Reekie of Great Britain (1:59.71).

Women’s 800m Heats Results:

Heat 1

  1. Keely Hodgkinson (GBR) – 1:59.53 Q
  2. Prudence Sekgodiso (RSA) – 1:59.72 Q
  3. Eveliina Määttänen (FIN) – 2:00.41 Q
  4. Vivian Chebet Kiprotich (KEN) – 2:01.26
  5. Elena Bellò (ITA) – 2:01.38
  6. Angelika Sarna (POL) – 2:01.78
  7. Lorea Ibarzabal (ESP) – 2:06.33
  8. Perina Lokure Nakang (ART) – 2:15.84

Heat 2

  1. Mary Moraa (KEN) – 1:59.89 Q
  2. Raevyn Rogers (USA) – 2:00.06 Q
  3. Worknesh Mesele (ETH) – 2:00.13 Q
  4. Jazz Shukla (CAN) – 2:00.30
  5. Eloisa Coiro (ITA) – 2:00.36
  6. Gabriela Gajanová (SVK) – 2:00.39
  7. Daniela García (ESP) – 2:00.92
  8. Margarita Koczanowa (POL) – 2:03.23

Heat 3

  1. Noélie Yarigo (BEN) – 1:59.96 Q
  2. Christina Hering (GER) – 2:00.06 Q
  3. Abbey Caldwell (AUS) – 2:00.29 Q
  4. Gabija Galvydytė (LTU) – 2:00.79
  5. Léna Kandissounon (FRA) – 2:00.81
  6. Audrey Werro (SUI) – 2:01.03
  7. Naomi Korir (KEN) – 2:01.41
  8. Madeleine Kelly (CAN) – 2:04.72

Heat 4

  1. Halimah Nakaayi (UGA) – 1:59.68 Q
  2. Adelle Tracey (JAM) – 1:59.82 Q
  3. Rénelle Lamote (FRA) – 2:00.22 Q
  4. Claudia Mihaela Bobocea (ROU) – 2:00.54
  5. Louise Shanahan (IRL) – 2:00.66
  6. Tigist Girma (ETH) – 2:01.47
  7. Oratile Nowe (BOT) – 2:01.62
  8. Kaela Edwards (USA) – 2:02.22

Heat 5

  1. Nia Akins (USA) – 1:59.19 Q
  2. Jemma Reekie (GBR) – 1:59.71 Q
  3. Anita Horvat (SLO) – 2:00.06 Q
  4. Bianka Kéri (HUN) – 2:00.20
  5. Rachel Pellaud (SUI) – 2:01.05
  6. Olha Lyakhova (UKR) – 2:03.11
  7. Ellie Sanford (AUS) – 2:03.55
  8. Patricia Silva (POR) – 2:05.54

Heat 6

  1. Habitam Alemu (ETH) – 1:59.36 Q
  2. Catriona Bisset (AUS) – 1:59.46 Q
  3. Flavia Maria De Lima (BRA) – 2:00.92 Q
  4. Hedda Hynne (NOR) – 2:01.00
  5. Lorena Martín (ESP) – 2:01.25
  6. Rose Mary Almanza (CUB) – 2:01.33
  7. Majtie Kolberg (GER) – 2:01.41
  8. Agnès Raharolahy (FRA) – 2:01.93

Heat 7

  1. Athing Mu (USA) – 1:59.59 Q
  2. Natoya Goule-Toppin (JAM) – 1:59.64 Q
  3. Lore Hoffmann (SUI) – 2:00.14 Q
  4. Annemarie Nissen (DEN) – 2:00.47
  5. Assia Raziki (MAR) – 2:00.91
  6. Isabelle Boffey (GBR) – 2:01.40
  7. Natalіia Krol (UKR) – 2:01.62
  8. Anna Wielgosz (POL) – 2:03.61
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