Day eleven review: Hodgkinson wins superb silver, PB for Reekie, Heyward and Wightman progress, Pipi looks strong

Keely Hodgkinson’s superb run secured Loughborough’s ninth medal of the Olympic Games after a storming performance in the women’s 800m final.

The Loughborough College alumna broke Kelly Holmes’ long-standing British Record on the way to second place and a podium finish.

Fellow College alumna Jemma Reekie came incredibly close to a bronze medal, eventually finishing fourth despite clocking a brilliant personal best. The full report of the race can be viewed HERE.

Loughborough athlete and pole vaulter Harry Coppell finished in a well-deserved seventh-place at his first Olympic Games. An excellent effort saw him clear 5.80m and set a new season’s best in a performance he can be very proud of.  

Back on the track, Jake Heyward produced a stunning GB senior debut to win his 1500m heat in 3:36.14 to qualify for Thursday’s semi-final. Heyward will be joined by Jake Wightman who also ran well for a third place finish in his heat to progress (3:41.18).

Ama Pipi looked in great form to qualify for the women’s 400m semi-final by finishing fourth in her heat (51.17). Ama goes through thirteenth fastest to tomorrow’s race at 11:30am BST.

In the men’s triple jump qualification, Ben Williams jumped a best of 16:30m but sadly missed out on a place in the next round.  

Notes for editors

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