Keely Hodgkinson Defends 800m Title at European Indoor Championships, Jazmin Sawyers Surprises with Long Jump Victory
Keely Hodgkinson successfully defended her 800m title at the European Indoor Championships, further cementing her status as the favourite in the event.
Hodgkinson, who won her first European indoor gold medal at 19, is only the second woman to defend an 800m European indoor title.
She led from the start and finished with a time of 1:58.66.
Jazmin Sawyers also produced a stunning performance, winning the women’s long jump with a distance of 7.00m, surpassing her personal best and securing the world-leading jump so far in 2023.
Sawyers dedicated her win to finally achieving the seven-metre jump to all those who believed in her.
The 28-year-old saw off Germany‘s Malaika Mihambo, the Olympic and world champion, and Serbia‘s Ivana Vuleta, the world indoor champion.
Sawyers cited an adjustment in her technique as a reason for her success.