Women's Sport: Jemma Reekie sets new indoor 800m British record

European Athletics & European Athletics U23 Championships 2019

Double European under-23 champion Jemma Reekie finished ahead of training partner Laura Muir to shatter Jenny Meadows' 10-year-old British record. Reekie clocked a sensational time of 1:57.91 at the 4J Studios Championships in Glasglow.

On her way to improving Meadows' previous British indoor record of 1:58.43, Reekie set an outright 800m personal best, obliterating her previous indoor and outdoor marks. Reekie now moves into 11th on the world all-time list, recording the world's fastest indoor 800m since 2006. 

The 21-year-old finished ahead of four-time European indoor gold medallist Laura Muir and Adelle Tracey who finished who placed second and third respectively - both clocking indoor personal bests.

Muir led the race going into the final lap though, a surge at the bell saw Reekie move on to the shoulder of Tracey. Maintaining this momentum, Reekie strode past Muir on the back straight and pulled away to claim a comfortable victory - revising Muir's Scottish record of 1:59.50 set just last year.

Stunned by her performance, Reekie tweeted: "I don't even know what happened. Thank you for all the lovely messages. I need to process this."

Also in record-breaking form was Keely Hodgkinson who clocked 2:01.16 to take the British and European under-20 800m indoor record in Vienna. The 17-year-old ran an outright personal best to put her second on the world under-20 all-time list - just 0.13 shy of the world under-20 indoor record.

Former British record holder Jenny Meadows wrote in a tweet: "This day is getting even better for [British Athletics] female 800m running with our little protege [Keely Hodgkinson] running a European junior record - 2:01.16 winning in Vienna today."

British 800m women have started 2020 in flying form!

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