Tokyo Olympics: GB's Keely Hodgkinson wins silver behind USA's Athing Mu

Last update on. From the section Olympics Tokyo Olympic Games on BBC Dates: 23 Jul-8 Aug Time in Tokyo: BST+8. Listen live on BBC TV, BBC iPlayer and BBC Red Button; Listen live on BBC Radio 5 Live, Sports Extra, and Sounds; Live text and video clips available on BBC Sport app and website. Nineteen-year old Keely Hodgkinson won the Olympic Games 800m silver medal. This was a British record that beat Athing Mu's gold record of one minute 55.88 secs. Hodgkinson was shocked at her accomplishment and said "that is mental" when she was told that she was an Olympic silver medallist. Great Britain was close to bronze, but Jemma REEkie was beaten by American Raevyn ROGERS by 0.09s. Mu was also 19 and finished in 1:55.21. She broke the US record by becoming the first American woman to win the 800m women's since Madeline Manning 1968. After breaking a national record set in 1995 by Kelly Holmes, Britain's Hodgkinson declared that he was "pretty speechless" and having won Team GB's first Tokyo 2020 track medal. "Kelly Holmes was a legend. I looked up to and respected her. She is an amazing person. I have spoken to her over the past few days. "I would like to thank my incredible team and my family for making so many sacrifices on my behalf. "I believe it is one of those situations where you know that something like this is possible, but you don't know if it happens. It was a great race. "I wanted it all out there, and I did that. It will take some time for it to sink in. Three British women were the first to qualify for the Olympic 800m final. Alex Bell, 28, finished seventh with a personal record of 1:57.66. Hodgkinson's triumph caps off an extraordinary season that saw her become the European 800m champion in March and then win shockingly over Laura Muir and Reekie at the British trials. Later, Muir decided not to run 800m at the Olympics. Bell was able to step in and replace Muir. Bell will now focus on the 1500m. Hodgkinson's joy turned to tears when she realized the magnitude of her accomplishment during her post-race interview. "My friends will be asking me, 'What is she crying for?’ It means so much," said the Leeds Beckett University student. "If the Olympics were last year, I wouldn’t be here. It has allowed me to learn and compete with these girls. "I'm not just 19 years old, Athing is also 19, so it is amazing to see teenagers take on the podium and we have many more battles ahead."

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