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Keely Hodgkinson wins 800m silver as Britain equal best-ever medal tally

Keely Hodgkinson wins 800m silver as Britain equal best-ever medal tally
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Great Britain's Keely Hodgkinson secures another 800m silver as one of three medals for the team on the final night of the 2023 World Athletics Championships.

Great Britain won three more medals on the final day of the 2023 World Athletics Championships to equal their best-ever medal tally in the event.

A silver and two bronze medals took GB's total for the event in Budapest to 10 - two golds, three silvers and five bronzes - to equal their haul from 30 years ago.

Keely Hodgkinson was Britain's star performer on the night as she picked up another silver medal in the 800m final, adding to the silvers she won at the Tokyo Olympics, the 2022 Commonwealth Games and the World Championships in Eugene last year.

Hodgkinson finished behind Kenya's Mary Moraa in the final, while fellow Brit Jemma Reekie came fifth.

There was also more relay joy for Britain after medals in the 4x400m mixed and women's 4x100m earlier in the competition, as both the men's and women's 4x400m teams took bronze.

Britain's Amber Anning, Laviai Nielsen, Ama Pipi and Nicole Yeargin celebrate after finishing third in the Women's 4x400m Relay alongside the Men's 4x400m Relay team Lewis Davey, Rio Mitcham, Alex Haydock-Wilson and Charles Dobson on August 27, 2023© Reuters

The men held off the challenge of a fancied Jamaican team to seal their place on the podium, despite the absence of Matthew Hudson-Smith, who won individual 400m silver in Budapest.

The women looked to be on course to go one better as they battled Jamaica for gold for much of the final race of the championships, only for Femke Bol to complete a remarkable redemption arc to clinch gold for Netherlands.

Sitting a distant third place halfway through the final leg, Bol, who fell on her face in the final metres of the mixed relay on the opening night of the meet, produced an extraordinary comeback to reel in the two ahead of her, moving into the lead in an almost identical spot to where she suffered her agonising fall on night one as she clinched gold for her country.

Great Britain did miss out on another medal opportunity in the women's high jump as Morgan Lake finished fourth, with the team ending the championships seventh in the overall medal table.

Elsewhere on the final night, Norway's Jakob Ingebrigtsen successfully defended his men's 5,000m title in a thrilling race, while there was history for India and Pakistan in the javelin as Neeraj Chopra secured India's first-ever World Athletics Championships gold medal, and Arshad Nadeem became Pakistan's first-ever medallist of any kind at the event.

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