Keely Hodgkinson wins 2022 European Athletics Championships 800m.
Keely Hodgkinson wins European Athletics Championships 2022 outdoor 800m. Photo by Daniel Kopatsch

British star Hodgkinson easily advanced at European Indoor Championships

ISTANBUL (World-Track) – Keely Hodgkinson, the reigning champion of the 800m, comfortably won her heat on Day 1 at the European Indoor Championships 2023 on Thursday, clocking 2:01.67 to advance to the semi-finals at the Ataköy Arena here in Istanbul.

Hodgkinson, who currently leads the world with an impressive 1:57.18 British record, won heat three over Majtie Kolberg of Germany, who ran 2:01.94 for a personal best, with Italy’s Eloisa Coiro clocking 2:02.19 for third place. The three runners posted the top times from the heats.

In the second heat, Anita Horvat, a finalist at the 2022 World Athletics Championships in Oregon last summer, won with a time of 2:03.06, beating Slovak’s Gabriela Gajanová, who ran 2:03.25 for second place.

British champion Isabelle Boffey also made progress into the semi-final, winning heat one with a time of 2:03.24, while Agnès Raharolahy of France won heat 5 with 2:04.56, and Audrey Werro of Switzerland won heat four with 2:05.60.

The European Indoor Championships will continue until Sunday, with athletes from across the continent competing in various events.

Miranda Mitchell reporting,

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