Mu holds off Hodgkinson to win world 800m title in Oregon | REPORT | WCH 22 | World Athletics

    when athing mu saw keely hodgkinson cut inside and get ahead of her in the women’s 800m at the oregon22 world championships in athletics, the american athlete’s competitive instincts were fired to the max.

    mu, who says she is “competitive in everything,” including competing with her boyfriend to see who can get ready for practice the fastest, kept her undefeated streak alive with a furious finish on Sunday (24).

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    ran a world record time of 1:56.30 to win her 22nd consecutive career start and capture the first world championship gold medal for the united states in the women’s 800m. mu, who was emotional at the end, has not lost an outdoor race since September 2019 and her streak includes heats and finals over various distances.

    hodgkinson posted a season best time of 1:56.38 to win britain’s first silver medal in the event since kelly holmes’ in 2003. mary moraa captured bronze for kenya’s first medal since 2015 with a sc of 1:56.71.

    “I love competing against other fast women,” said mu. “I really just wanted to be consistent this year and continue the wins that I’ve been having. today was a bit more difficult for me, but I wanted to make sure that when I went out on track, I would give my best.”

    The race between the top two finishers was a rematch of the Olympic final, when they were both teenagers. They have since turned 20 and this was their first head-to-head competition of the year since a bout with Covid forced Mu to pull out of the Prefontaine Classic at Hayward Field in May.

    mu became the youngest woman in history to hold Olympic and world titles in an individual track and field event. only grenada’s kirani james, who won the 400m in 2011 and 2012, was younger, adding another silver medal in eugene.

    While mu thrives as the favourite, she was unable to take immediate control of the race. Diribe Werteji of Ethiopia held the lead at 200m, followed by Hodgkinson and then Mu. werteji was still ahead at the bell, with a time of 57.09, mu 0.07 behind and looking comfortable. mu made her move on the back leg and hodgkinson went with her, with moraa right behind her.

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    mu kept the lead going around the corner, but hodgkinson found a space on the inside and they were shoulder to shoulder with 100m to go. For a moment, Hodgkinson had the upper hand.

    “I thought I could get it in the last 100,” said the British record holder, who lost to mu by 0.67 in Tokyo last year. “I gave it all. I’m a little gutted because it was so close. But it is what it is. we have world champions next year, so we will go again.”

    all three medalists ran faster than mu’s previous world leading time of 1:57.01, while werteji placed fourth with a bp of 1:57.02.

    moraa, who trains on the same course as 1500m champion faith kipyegon, battled past werteji then knelt on the track covered in her nation’s flag. “This is a very special achievement for me and my people,” Moraa said. “The race was tough, but I tried to push myself to finish like this.”

    the united states had three finalists, including two podium finishers from 2019. doha silver medalist and olympic bronze medalist raevyn rogers, whose likeness is on hayward field tower as a university of oregon standout, He was sixth in 1:58.26 and Ajee Wilson, the world indoor champion and two-time world bronze medalist, faded to eighth in 2:00.19.

    American athletes had stood on the podium six times before at world championships, but never on the top step.

    with 1968 olympic gold medalist madeline manning mims cheering from the stands, mu finally achieved that goal.

    However, she said she didn’t feel like herself. “She just physically wasn’t where she wanted to be,” she said. “I just wasn’t feeling my best, so I knew it was going to be a little tough. I just wanted to make sure I didn’t leave anything off the track and what was going to happen today was going to happen and I just wanted to make sure I did the best I could, ran like I usually run and luckily got gold.”

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    mu’s boyfriend, US team member brandon miller, didn’t come out on top in the men’s 800m trials.

    She said after the first round that the miller, with whom she will celebrate a one-year anniversary next month, “just tells me to be me. ‘do your thing, just have fun’.”

    Being the Olympic gold medalist, she said, “isn’t something I think about every day. so every time I hear it, it’s like, ‘oh, okay, that’s fun! I am!’”

    Now you have twice the fun.

    and hodgkinson, who is mentally preparing himself for the commonwealth games, has to wait for the rematch.

    “This time, I ran for the gold,” Hodgkinson said. “Unfortunately, I didn’t get it. but I’m proud of myself for going out and giving me that opportunity. I believed in myself. she is a great athlete. we have many, many years ahead of us.”

    karen rosen for world athletics

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