Keely Hodgkinson: GB teenager wins Diamond League 800m title to cap extraordinary year

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Britain's Keely Hoopkinson won the Diamond League 800m title, which netted $30,000 in prize money. This was the culmination of an extraordinary year.

The 19-year old aimed at the European Junior Championships in 2021, but won European Indoor gold, the British title, and Olympic silver.

She was stronger and more skilled than her rivals and won in one minute 57.98 secs.

Dina Asher Smith was second in 100m, before she was well beaten over 200m.

Asher-Smith will be ending her season on the comeback trail. She tore her hamstring less then a month prior to the Olympics, and she failed to make it to the 100m final in Tokyo. The 200m was the last race of the season.

The 25-year old finished behind Olympic champion Elaine Thompson Herah with a time of 10.87secs.

Jamaican Thompson Herah's 10.65 time is among the top 10 in the event's history, but it felt like a slight disappointment after her Eugene victory of 10.54 three weeks ago that suggested she might beat Florence Griffith-Joyner’s 33-year-old world mark of 10.49.

Daryll Neita of Britain was fourth with a personal record 10.93.

Later that evening, Asher-Smith finished third in 22.19. Christine Mboma, Namibia's Olympic silver-medallist, won in 21.78.

Hodgkinson's win gives her wildcard entry to next year's World Championships at Eugene. This is a valuable asset against strong domestic competitors such as Reekie who placed fourth and fellow Scot Laura Muir.

Hodgkinson said, "It's been an amazing year. I don't believe I have had the chance to reflect yet."

"There's a lot to take in, but I enjoy every minute of it.

"I'm going home, then I'm going straight to Greece on a plane. And I won’t be home for ten more days." I don't want a track to follow me for those ten days so I'm leaving my running shoes behind.

Holly Bradshaw, Britain's Olympic bronze medallist Holly Bradshaw placed fourth in the pole vault. She cleared 4.67m for her third time, 23 cm less than the personal record she set in June.

Bradshaw remarked that she felt emotionally drained after her post-Tokyo experience. "Pole vault can be a mentally challenging event.

"It is something I have longed for my entire career, and winning the Olympic medal has been a great release.

Russian Anzhelika Siforova won the competition, becoming only the third woman to cross five meters in history. She also finished second on the all-time list at 5.01m.

Only Yelena Isinbayeva (12 years ago) who climbed 5.06m on the same stage, is higher in history.

The final action of the evening was when Armand Duplantis, from Sweden, failed to break his pole vault world record. He attempted three times at 6.19m.

Karsten Warholm, the world record holder in the 400m hurdles, won comfortably. He has not lost a race since 2018.

American Fred Kerley won the Diamond League crown, adding to his Olympic silver over 100m. He finished in 9.87.

Faith Kipyegon, a two-time Olympic champion, defeated Sifan Hassan from the Netherlands to win the 1500m in a thrilling home-straight duel. Britain's Muir was absent, as he separated them in Tokyo.

Another Kenyan win was recorded in the men's race. Timothy Cheruiyot, the world champion in the men's event, took revenge on Jakob Ingebrigtsen winning in Tokyo. He outlasted the Norwegian as they went toe to toe over the final 100m.

American Michael Cherry defeated Kirani James, three-time Olympic gold medallist, by just one hundredth of a second in 400m. His compatriot Kenneth Bednarek won 200m.

Britain's Cindy Sember finished fifth, while Nigeria's Tobi Ammusan took the title in a personal record 12.42.

American Devon Allen won the men’s sprint hurdles. Hansle Parchment, a Tokyo gold medallist from Jamaica, was third.

Both Pedro Pichardo from Portugal and Yulimar Rojas from Venezuela have been awarded Diamond League titles in order to win Olympic triple jump gold.