Keely Hodgkinson would be the first to confess that not all silvers are equal.
It’s simply over a 12 months since she gained that medal on the Olympics in Tokyo, her face etched with wide-eyed shock and disbelief as she additionally broke Kelly Holmes’ British 800m report.
And it’s 12 days since she gained silver on the World Championships in Oregon, simply eight-hundredths of a second off high spot.
Birmingham’s Commonwealth Games was as a result of be the place the place she lastly perfected the alchemy wanted for a golden improve, with family and friends watching on one other rocking evening on the Alexander Stadium.
But the 20-year-old once more needed to accept silver, crushed in a dash end by Kenya’s Mary Moraa, who additionally lowered her colors at Stockholm’s Diamond League earlier this season.
Barely out her teenagers, the super-talented Hodgkinson, in solely her second senior season, is much too younger to be dubbed a bridesmaid nevertheless it was clear this second stung.
“Frustrated is the word,” she mentioned. “I’m not quite sure what happened, it went so quick.
“There are positives but they’re still not golds, so I’m still fuming until I’m stood on top of that podium.
“I’d give myself an eight-and-a-half out of 10 [for the season] because I really wanted that. The worlds was definitely going to be the hardest challenge but I thought I was going to win here but I guess it wasn’t meant to be.”
Moraa’s ways have been actually designed to confuse, she hit the entrance, dropped to the again after which discovered a second wind to chase down a fading Hodgkinson on the house straight.
Scotland’s Laura Muir frantically flung herself throughout the road to say bronze, though that picture end is topic to an enchantment by Jamaica that delayed the deliberate medal ceremony.
Hodgkinson and coach Trevor Painter will watch the tape of this puzzling race with curiosity and she or he’s acquired simply ten days earlier than she’s again on the observe on the European Sports Championships in Munich.
“Maybe I could have been a bit more patient but I gave it my all,” added Hodgkinson.
“I know she went off quite hard, there was a bit of argy-bargy in the corner and I wanted to keep my good position. I didn’t know what Mary was doing, I was focusing on myself.
“We have quite similar strengths when it comes to the last 200m, so my plan is to be ahead of her and hopefully she won’t catch me but she obviously had more.
“We keep learning and I have one more chance to try and finish with a gold this season.”
Zharnel Hughes took silver within the males’s 200m as Trinidad and Tobago’s Jereem Richard clocked a 19.80 second Games report.
Hughes ran a season’s greatest 20.12 secs, precisely the identical time as 4 years in the past on the Gold Coast, when he gained gold however then noticed that medal stripped from him for obstructing a rival, after he’d accomplished a lap of honour.
England’s Adam Hague and Harry Coppell additionally took silver and bronze within the males’s pole vault whereas Alastair Chambers claimed Guernsey’s first athletics medal – and simply their eighth of all-time with a bronze within the males’s 400m hurdles.
“When I came here, I knew I could make history for our little island,” he mentioned. “I’m so proud to come from Guernsey and to put them on the map is my dream.
“It was emotional, it was a hard race. I had Covid last week, so it’s been a hard comeback.”
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