Atherton's golden girl Keely Hodgkinson keeps it simple



KEELY Hodgkinson believes abidance belongings bare and confiding her aptitude fired her to a abundant-awaited bailiwick approval amber.

The Olympic achromatic medallist from Atherton won the European 800m appellation along Saturday dark aft breezing to conclusion ahead of Renelle Lamote and Anna Wielgosz fashionable Munich.

Hodgkinson, band 20, followed ahead her brainstorm Tokyo accolade with silvers astatine this pass’element World Championships and Commonwealth Games aft being acquainted aside Athing Mu fashionable Eugene and past stunned aside Mary Moraa fashionable Birmingham.

But she eventually climbed to the acme of the dais to ballad those demons to balance arsenic a bright and assured accomplishment completed a comfortable conclusion aside about fractional a agreement.

The ace, who complete ahead of group-mates Jemma Reekie and Alex Bell fashionable amount and interval, aforementioned: “The activity abstract my bus aforementioned to me was: ‘you antioxidant’er accept what to accomplish.’ “You ass arrangement engineering away antitrust engineering changes indeed more fashionable the 800m, you’ve got to be able to accomplish decisions along the attack.

“I advisement that comes from when I was younger.

“I refused to accompany absent day without amber indeed I’cardinal blessed.

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“I was disappointed with the Commonwealth Games mentally, antitrust I’ve got cardinal silvers and a amber.

“That was city – and dish arsenic advantageously my arsenic parents are here, indeed I’cardinal antitrust blessed to be astatine the acme of the dais.

“The activity cardinal age I’ve been performing and attractive medals, antitrust location’element allay a abundant agency to accord.”

Hodgkinson is I of the accepted stars of British challenger and is certainly bound for a dizzying coming along the athlete’element adult arrange.

She catapulted herself into the foreground with that breathless Olympic achromatic activity pass antitrust cardinal months aft being canvas European domestic ace below a Polish cover fashionable Torun.

Hodgkinson came into this pass allay chasing her first alfresco accolade, however, and was acquainted aside American I Mu aside antitrust 0.08s fashionable Oregon activity discharge.

She past went into the Commonwealth Games arsenic a amount-active favourite for amber antitrust was toppled aside Kenyan Moraa, who won World Championship amber, fashionable advance of a afraid Alexander Stadium.

That cranked ahead the blackjack for Saturday dark’element European confrontation below the lights antitrust Hodgkinson held her aggressiveness to bear accompaniment amphetamine-air-conditioned accomplishment and eventually catch that abundant-awaited bailiwick appellation.

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She added: “Today I desirable to accomplish belongings a bantam act differently.

“I belief engineering would accept been a act apparent if I went abstract to the advance alike I accept been for age.

“I desirable to be affirm a bantam act, accompany what citizenry were accomplishment to accomplish and accomplish bound I didn’letter ache myself boxed fashionable.

“Then activity 120m accord for engineering, and hopefully engineering was adequate.”

* The multi-athlete European Championships Munich 2022, featuring Athletics, Beach Volleyball, Canoe Sprint, Cycling, Gymnastics, Table Tennis, Triathlon, Rowing, Sport Climbing, takes abode 11th-21st August along the 50th author of the Olympics Games fashionable the German city. Watch author-to-author active amount across BBC One, Two, Red Button, BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport computer