The American Athing Mu was confirmed Sunday as the queen of the women’s 800 meters and, after winning gold in Tokyo 2020, triumphed in the final of this specialty in the World Championships in Eugene (Oregon) ahead of Britain’s Keely Hodgkinson.
Mu and Hodgkinson, two stars in their early 20s, repeated the result seen last year in Tokyo, when the American became only the second athlete from her country to win Olympic gold in the 800 meters.
Moraa, another marker
In Eugene, Mu again took command with authority, but needed to give everything in the final meters to thwart Hodgkinson’s attempt, who seemed at times to have the strength to snatch the win.
Mu ended up winning with a time of 1:56.30, while Hodgkinson stopped the timer in 1:56.38.
Kenya’s Mary Moraa completed the podium in 1:56.71.