Leeds School of Social Sciences

Leeds School of Social Science Student Breaks 800 Metre World Record

Leeds School of Social Science Student Keely Hodgkinson, 18, has broken the under 20s 800 metre indoor world record at the European Championships in Vienna.

Keely Hodgkinson

Keely is in her first year of studying Criminology and is supported by the Leeds Beckett England Athletics Talent Hub, a high-performance pathway for aspiring Olympians and Paralympians. The hub is a collaboration between British Athletics, England Athletics, Leeds Beckett University, London Marathon Events, and the Talented Athlete and Scholarship Scheme. 

Keely, who is the current under 18 European Champion, broke the under 20s record by two seconds with 1:59:03, beating the previous record of 2:01:03, held by Ethiopian Meskerem Legesse. 

 In an interview with Athletics Weekly, after her victory, Keely said “It was all about not panicking when they all went off so fast but, to be honest it could not have gone better so I’m really happy”.  

Talent Hub Manager Andi Drake said “The Talent Hub team is thrilled to see Keely set a world junior record, improving her lifetime best by more than two seconds in breaking the two-minute barrier for the first time, 

“The women’s 800 metre in the UK is super strong at present, and Keely moves up to fourth on the UK all-time senior rankings, bumping Dame Kelly Holmes DBE down to fifth. 

“Keely’s performance is an example of how we work with athletes and coaches to provide a professional coaching dual-career environment.”

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