Keely Hodgkinson sets goal of four major championship medals in 2022 | Athletics
Keely Hodgkinson has warned her opponents that the World Indoors are not enough as she targets four major championship medals in 2022. The 20-year-old is a huge James Bond fan and celebrated her Olympic silver medal in Tokyo attending the premier of No Time To Die and being invited by Aston Martin to drive the DB5 car used in the film.
After training hard through the winter, Hodgkinson says she’s ready to get going by winning her first world gold medal at the world indoor championships in Belgrade this weekend. But she also thinks she can follow up with medals this summer at the outdoor worlds in Eugene, Oregon, the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and, potentially, the European championships in Munich.
“I would like four big medals,” she said. “It is certainly possible to physically do all four. Mentally, we’ll see. The outdoors in the world is #1 and I really want to do the Commonwealths because it’s a playhouse. With the Europeans, we will see how the body and the spirit manage. But I would like to be there.
Last year, Hodgkinson announced herself to the world by winning the European indoor title and then setting a British outdoor record of 1min 55.88s to claim Olympic silver. To stay focused on 2022, she drafted a long list of goals. The first was to break the British record in the 800m indoors, which she did by running 1:57.20 in Birmingham last month – the fastest time achieved by a woman indoors for 20 years. The next was to win the world within. But that, she says, only indicates the scale of her ambition.
“I wrote ‘world champion’, so that’s an expectation for me,” she said. “Hopefully I can go back and tick it off when I get home. I’ve set myself goals, but they’re pretty big – they’re bigger than last year.
Some items on his to-do list have already been ticked off, including driving Bond’s Aston Martin. “They let me drive on the roads of Milton Keynes,” she says. “It was the car that was used in the James Bond movie, the DB5. There are 25 of them in the world and only one of them is safe and that’s the one they used in the movie .
“I had to say something in an interview because Aston Martin got in touch on Twitter and said they were going to make it happen. It was very cool – and I also went to the world premiere of the film.
Britain will field a largely development squad in Belgrade, but other potential medalists include Elliot Giles in the men’s 800m, Katarina Johnson-Thompson returning to the women’s heptathlon, Lorraine Ugen in the women’s long jump and Daryll Neita in the women’s 60m.
Twelve Olympic gold medalists from Tokyo are competing, including Shaunae Miller-Uibo in the 400m, pole vault world record holder Mondo Duplantis and Olympic 100m champion Marcell Jacobs, who faces the world champion, Christian Coleman, in the 60m. in the weekend race.