England Commonwealth gold hopeful Keely Hodgkinson reveals watching Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill’s 2012 triumph impressed her to return to athletics as a toddler
- Keely Hodgkinson is a favorite to win 800m gold on the Commonwealth Games
- The 20-year-old revealed that she had briefly give up athletics as a toddler
- Hodgkinson was impressed to return to the game after seeing Ennis-Hill’s triumph
When folks focus on the legacy of Super Saturday, they may not realise the way it hyperlinks to the athlete who stands to be the very best of Britain for a decade.
It is critical to suppose in these phrases, for tonight, a decade and two days on from that crowning second of London 2012, one among its viewers, Keely Hodgkinson, hopes to win a gold of her personal at a house Commonwealth Games.
That the Olympic and world 800metre silver medallist is an athlete in any respect is essentially right down to what she noticed from Jessica Ennis-Hill on that storied evening, with the inspiration of her heptathlon gold medal accountable for a 10-year-old Hodgkinson going again on a choice to give up the game. Now 20, and favorite to win a tricky 800m ultimate, Hodgkinson recollects the importance of that evening to her personal life.
Hodgkinson ran a 2:00.18 at Alexander Stadium to win her warmth and qualify for the 800m ultimate
Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill’s 2012 triumph impressed Hodgkinson to return to athletics
‘I did athletics for a bit, and then I actually quit,’ she stated. ‘But I came back after seeing Jess being the female star of the London Olympics — I thought she was amazing.
‘Doing what she did was remarkable. She sent me a few messages before the Tokyo Olympics, I told her she was one of the reasons I went back.’
The upshot has been a middle-distance runner of such expertise that consultants put no restrict on what she would possibly obtain.
A transparent alternative exists tonight on a decisive day for a lot of Britain’s greatest monitor runners, together with world champion Jake Wightman within the 1500m, Laura Muir in the identical 800m race and Zharnel Hughes within the 200m.
There can be no Athing Mu, the US star who beat Hodgkinson on the Olympics and the worlds in Eugene, however in addition to Muir, there’s additionally Kenya’s Mary Moraa, who gained bronze behind her within the US final month.