Olympic Silver Medalists Hodgkinson, Muir and Holloway Fuel Record Talk In Birmingham
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The pursuit of world records is officially on at the World Indoor Tour Final in Birmingham as three of the world’s best athletes set out their expectations for them to fall at the freshly laid track at the Utilita Arena – or at least there to be no stone unturned if they don’t.
Olympic silver medallists Keely Hodgkinson (coach: Trevor Painter; club: Leigh), Laura Muir (Andy Young; Dundee Hawkhill) and Grant Holloway (country: USA) all didn’t shy away from the prospect of giving an always enthusiastic West Midlands crowd something serious to cheer about when they line up in the 800m, 1000m and 60m hurdles respectively.
All have a more than compelling case as well with Hodgkinson having broken the indoor 600m world record in Manchester last month, Muir the second fastest all-time in the indoor 1000m and Holloway undefeated in his life in the 60m hurdles and exactly two years on from setting his global mark in Madrid.
For Hodgkinson, a world and Commonwealth silver medallist and European champion from 2022, there is also an element of fate hanging around Birmingham having stormed to a British indoor 800m record at this very event last year while she is the world leader following her 1:57.71 minutes run in France less than ten days ago.
“I feel I am in pretty good shape and I feel if the perfect smooth race was to happen I could get close to it [the world record],” said Hodgkinson, who is also in with a chance of being crowned the World Indoor Tour champion and will be joined in the women’s 800m by Noelie Yarigo (BEN) – second fastest indoors this year – and compatriots and new UK champions Isabelle Boffey (Luke Gunn; Enfield & Haringey) and Ellie Baker (Jon Bigg; Shaftesbury Barnet).
“I would have to go 57.2 seconds, 57.3 [at halfway]. For me it is just about attacking it and hitting that mark of 57 and trying to get a smooth run. I haven’t raced on the new surface, but it looks really nice.
“It is a very hard record to break but I will do my best and see what happens. For me it is just about attacking it and hitting that mark of 57 and trying to get a smooth run. My aim is to ultimately try and break my own British record.
American Holloway is arguably one of the best track and field athletes around at the moment having won the world 110m hurdles title back-to-back, the world 60m hurdles title last…
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