Diamond League

Hodgkinson, Moraa, Mu set for surprise Eugene Diamond League Final showdown

Global rivals, Mary Moraa Keely Hodgkinson, and Athing Mu set for a shocking women's 800m showdown at the 2023 Eugene Diamond League Final, part of the Prefontaine Classic on Sunday.

keely hodgkinson mary moraa and athing mu after the world championship women's 800m final
Keely Hodgkinson, Mary Moraa and Athing Mu after the world championship women's 800m final. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images for World Athletics

EUGENE, Oregon (Sept. 17) – The top three finishers from last month’s Budapest World Athletics Championships are set for an electrifying rematch in the women’s 800m at the Eugene Diamond League Final, part of the Prefontaine Classic, on Sunday.

Budapest podium finishers reunite

Mary Moraa of Kenya, Britain’s Keely Hodgkinson, and American Athing Mu, who delighted the audience in Budapest, are back at Hayward Field for an highly unexpected showdown.

Both Hodgkinson and Moraa own a Diamond League trophy and were expected to clash again.

Read more: Day 2 schedule: 2023 Eugene Diamond League Final start list, stream, results

However, Athing Mu, who was expected to close out her season after the world championships last month, joins the race as a wild card entry, adding another layer of intrigue.

Mu, who has clocked 1:56.61 this season, seeks redemption after being dethroned of her world title and pushed back to third place by the women she beat a year ago at Oregon 22.

Mary Moraa Enters as world champion; Keely Hodgkinson as world-leader

Mary Moraa, the reigning world champion, enters the race with a season and personal best of 1:56.03, setting the stage for another chapter in the trio’s ongoing rivalry. Hodgkinson, the world and Olympic silver medalist, leads this season with a time of 1:55.77, and is the only woman to break 1:56 this year.

Additional Contenders

The race could extend beyond a three-way contest. Britain’s Jemma Reekie, fresh off a road mile win in New York, Jamaica’s Natoya Goule-Toppin, and Australia’s Catriona Bissett are also in the mix. Uganda’s 2019 world champion Halimah Nakaayi rounds out the competitive field.

USA’s Kaylin Whitney has been tasked with pacing the field through the opening 400m at 55.0 seconds.

The Eugene Diamond League Final is broadcasting live on the Wanda Diamond League YouTube Channel, starting at 3:00 p.m. ET. Fans in the USA can watch live on CNBC, NBC and Peacock TV.

1FRARénelle Lamote1:58.421:57.84
2USASage Hurta-Klecker1:58.091:57.85
3AUSCatriona Bisset1:57.781:57.78
4JAMNatoya Goule-Toppin1:57.531:56.15
5USAAthing Mu1:56.611:55.04
6KENMary Moraa1:56.031:56.03
7GBRJemma Reekie1:57.301:56.90
8GBRKeely Hodgkinson1:55.771:55.77
9UGAHalimah Nakaayi1:57.621:57.62
9USAKaylin Whitney (Pacer)
Pace 400m – 55.0 sec
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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