Keely Hodgkinson fights through illness to strike European 800m gold

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Keely Hodgkinson’s throat felt like sandpaper, her head was thumping, and her sniffles were worsening by the hour. And, as she lay in her bed before the European 800m final, one question went through her head. Can I run?

It was a decision she left to the wire. But after a warm-up that involved loading up on First Defence, Aspirin, paracetamol and vitamin C, the brilliant 22-year-old decided to roll the dice. It was a move of guts and glory as she went from her sick bed to the top of the podium.

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Written by Sean Ingle in Rome
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