Keely Hodgkinson, an Olympic 800m silver medallist, made history on Friday night by breaking the long-standing world indoor record for 600m at the Bryggen Sports event in Manchester. This was the third British record to be broken in 24 hours, following Dina Asher-Smith and Sam Atkin’s achievements. Hodgkinson clocked 1:23.41, beating the previous record of 1:23.44 set by Olga Kotlyarova of Russia in 2004. She was accompanied by pacemaker Issy Boffey, who had earlier won the women’s 800m.
“It feels pretty good,” said Hodgkinson, who lives near the meeting venue. “I didn’t publicise it but I was going for the world record.
“My family is here, I train here all the time but I don’t like running on my home track because I associate it with training and it just feels weird but today it was fun.
“I came here to execute. I’ve been training so far. This winter has been tough so I’m just happy to come out and start the season with a bang.”
Hodgkinson is now looking forward to a few indoor races in Europe before a possible defense of her European indoor title in Istanbul in March.
WORLD BEST 🔥@keelyhodgkinson runs the fastest indoor 600m ever at the #WorldIndoorTour Bronze in Manchester 👏 pic.twitter.com/iXphvi7n9G
— World Athletics (@WorldAthletics) January 28, 2023