The 19-year produced a scintillating run to win a silver medal in the 800m at the 2020 Olympic Games.
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Keely Hodgkinson broke down in tears after winning a silver medal in the 800m at the 2020 Olympics.
The 19-year-old announced herself on the big stage by producing a storming run to finish second in a time of 1:55.88, a new national record.
The Brit also became the first woman to win an 800m medal since Kelly Holmes took gold at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
The athlete was full of emotion post-race, and was visibly stunned by what she had achieved.
“I am pretty speechless right now, Kelly Holmes is a legend and I looked up to her. I have been speaking to her for the past couple of days and she is a lovely person,” she said.
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“I want to thank my amazing team, my family who have made so many sacrifices for me.”
She added: “It was such a good race. I wanted to put it all out there and I did that. It is going to take a couple of days to sink in.”
Trying to speak through the tears, Hodgkinson revealed she may not have been in Tokyo had the Games taken place last year.
“My friends are going to be like, ‘what is she crying for?’ but it means so much,” the European indoor champion explained..
“If the Olympics was last year, I wouldn’t be here. It has given me a chance to grow and compete with these girls.
“I am not just 19, Athing is 19 too, so teenagers taking on the podium is incredible and hopefully we have got many battles ahead of us.”
America’s Athing Mu took the gold medal, while her compatriot Raevyn Rogers took the silver medal.
Hodgkinson has been in impressive form, as she became British champion when winning the 800 metres event at the 2020 British Athletics Championships with a time of 2m 3.24s.
In January, she set the world under-20 indoor record running 1:59.03 sec in Vienna, which stood for less than a month before Mu bettered it in a time of 1:58.40, making Hodgkinson’s record a European one.
She became European indoor champion when winning the indoor event at the 2021 European Indoor Championships in Toruń, Poland in a time of 2:03.88.