Hodgkinson admits she wants more after world silver

Keely Hodgkinson grabbed a world silver to match her Olympic medal but admits she wants more.

Hodgkinson's 800m showdown with the USA's Athing Mu lived up to its billing at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon.

But the medals ended up a repeat of last year in Tokyo, only Hodgkinson's wide-eyed disbelief in Japan was replaced with a different emotion.

She clocked 1:56.38, her second fastest time ever, but was just 0.08 seconds behind Mu in a rousing finish.

“I’m satisfied but not overjoyed," she said. "I’m a little disappointed that I missed out on gold by 0.08 which is tiny margins that I’ve worked so hard to close but I’ll take the positives.

“I’ve closed the gap, I’m getting closer. I’ve got a lot of respect for these athletes, particularly Athing. She’s competing in front of a home crowd as Olympic champion, so there was a lot of pressure for a 20-year-old. But I’ll take the silver and assess it.

“My goal in my career is to try and medal at every single championships. I’m keeping the ball rolling, so I am happy about that. I tried to take the shortest route. I don’t regret it because I could have wasted a lot of energy by moving out and going around her.

“I just thought I’d try to sneak down the inside. I knew it would come down to the last 50m, so it was just a case of holding form, and seeing what was left. We’ve worked so hard over the winter to close that gap with Athing. It has paid off, I can’t say it hasn’t.”

Elsewhere, Victoria Ohuruogu, Nicole Yeargin, Jessie Knight and and Laviai Nielsen secured 4x400m bronze to ensure Britain matched their overall medal tally of seven from Beijing in 2015 and Moscow in 2013.

Ohuruogu's sister Christine has seven world relay medals and her sibling gave Britain a strong start.

Nielsen, who was part of that team from three years ago in Doha that cruelly finished fourth, stopped the clock at 3:22.64 for bronze - and revealed how men's 400m bronze medallist Matthew Hudson-Smith had been helping the team.

She said: "I kept thinking ‘I can’t believe we’re in bronze, I can’t believe we’re in bronze’. We knew we could do it. I also want to say thank you to Ama Pipi [replaced by Knight for the final], this medal is as much hers as it is ours and Zoey Clark who has been a fantastic team member.

“Matthew has been helping us in the warm-up area, grabbing water and ice towels for us and Martyn Rooney who has gone from being an athlete to team staff at these championships – we couldn’t have done it without them.”