Mary Moraa's Briton opponent looking to shed 'silver tag' at Paris 2024 Olympics

Mary Moraa's Briton opponent looking to shed 'silver tag' at Paris 2024 Olympics

Abigael Wafula 08:30 - 23.05.2024

Mary Moraa's Briton opponent has fired warning shots as she gears up to shed the silver tag at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Mary Moraa’s Briton opponent Keely Hodgkinson wants to change the narrative when she steps foot on the track for the women’s 800m at this Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Hodgkinson has yet to bag a gold medal in her specialty, and has been either settling for silver or bronze medals. At the 2022 World Championships in Eugene, Oregon, the 22-year-old settled for a silver medal behind American rival Athing Mu.

The Briton star then proceeded to the Commonwealth Games, competing before her home crowd but was also forced to take silver as Moraa, the reigning world champion, took the title in style and broke to her ceremonious dance.

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During the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Hodgkinson also managed to finish second behind Mu, the reigning Olympic champion. At last year’s World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Hodgkinson also failed to impress, as she even dropped in her performance. She finished third in the 800m, with Moraa taking the crown as Mu finished second.

However, speaking to BBC Sport, she expressed interest in changing the narrative as she gears up for the Olympic Games, where she will be making her second appearance.

"Unfortunately, I've been second every time. But we're going to try and change that. I think it's a good rivalry.

“It's quite exciting for us all because we're all so young, we're all really talented, we work hard and we all really want it. We don't race each other that often so, when we do, it's a big occasion,” she said.

She added that she goes into races with a lot of experience this season, which she is very excited about. She has invested most of her time in training and is impressed with the progress she has made so far.

"I feel like I've really grown up and I have a lot of experience now. I’m really excited. I've spent three years trying to find those little tiny one per cents.

'I’ve trained so much harder than I did three years ago and I just hope that it's enough. All I can do is give it my all. It would mean a lot if that [dream of winning gold] was to come true,” she added.