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England’s Keely Hodgkinson was defeated by Mary Moraa to claim silver in the 800 meters at the Commonwealth Games.
The 20-year-old was eliminated by Kenya’s Moraa – who finished third behind Hodgkinson when she also took silver at the World Championships last month – with Scotland’s Laura Muir taking bronze.
Hodgkinson ran one minute 57.40 seconds into a race where Moraa set the early pace on the first lap before almost sinking back just after the bell.
The Kenyan, who gained 57.07 seconds in one minute, then began to rise with 300 meters to go and managed to pass Hodgkinson on the straight before declining her challenge.
Muir took her first Commonwealth Games medal and will also be in the 1500m final at Alexander Stadium on Sunday.
Earlier, world champion Jake Wightman admitted he “did as good as I could have had” as he missed out on a stunning summer hat-trick after finishing third in the 1500m at the Commonwealth Games.
The 28-year-old Scotsman took bronze in Birmingham on Saturday behind Australian Oliver Hoare and Kenyan Timothy Cheruiyot after passing on the straight.
He hoped to continue his unique treble quest – after winning the World Championships in July – but now has to refocus on the 800 meters at the European Championships later this month.
“That was as good as I could have done,” said Wightman, who ran for three minutes and 30.53 seconds.
“I didn’t want to be a pedestrian and run for small medals. I wanted to make a statement, but I wasn’t feeling nearly as good as I was a few weeks ago.
“I knew when I went I was going to have a tough home front, but I hoped everyone else would feel the same.
“At first I was quite disappointed, but if I told myself that I would come back two weeks after winning the world championships and get a bronze medal in a similar field, I would be quite happy. It’s so hard mentally to come back from that.
“Getting bronze is a relief, to show something for the form I am in.
“I put it on the line. To hold for a bronze, I’m happy. I hope I don’t get shot too much because I didn’t win, because I’m world champion.
“People don’t realize how high that World Cup was, two weeks is nothing to reset. I’m not buzzing, but I’m relieved.
“I held onto it at home, instead of feeling strong. I felt quite vulnerable.”
Wightman stunned Olympic champion Jakob Ingebrigtgsen to win in Eugene last month, while father and coach Geoff commented on the race at Hayward Field.
Wightman senior was again the announcer at Alexander Stadium, watching his son make a move with about 300 yards to go, but he was overhauled by Hoare and Cheruiyot.
Shortly after, England’s Nick Miller won gold on the hammer with a 78.43m throw to defend his 2018 title.
He said: “I’m incredibly proud, I’m sure we’ll have a few more later. I’ve had a lot of injuries and illnesses, it’s nice to take a turn and have a positive result.
“I feel like we’re in a good place to move forward.”
Previously, the English 4x100m relay team of Jona Efoloko, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake and Ojie Edoburun won their heat and reached Sunday’s final in 38.48 seconds.
Asha Philip, Imani-Lara Lansiquot, Bianca Williams and Ashleigh Nelson advanced to the women’s final by finishing second in their heat in 42.72 seconds.
Morgan Lake finished fourth in the high jump, with England teammate Zak Seddon eighth in the 3,000m steeplechase.
Keely Hodgkinson and Laura Muir share the podium after Jake Wightman wins bronze – UK Time News
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