Hodgkinson defends European 800m title in Rome


Keely Hodgkinson defended her European 800m title with a dominant victory despite struggling with illness, as Great Britain also won women's 4x100m relay gold on the final night of action in Rome.

Hodgkinson, 22, led throughout and held off her rivals in the closing stages to win in one minute 58.65 seconds.

However, following her victory the Olympic and two-time world silver medallist revealed she had become unwell a day earlier.

"Sometimes you’ve just got to find a way to win," Hodgkinson told BBC Sport.

"I wanted to go out and get a good time today but I'm happy with the win. I think I would have been disappointed if I didn’t try."

In a golden conclusion to the six-day championships for the British team, the women's 4x100m relay quartet featuring Dina Asher-Smith, Desiree Henry, Amy Hunt and Daryll Neita also triumphed.

Led off by 100m champion Asher-Smith and brought home by 200m silver medallist Neita, they took victory in 41.91secs, ahead of France and the Netherlands.

Those golds lifted the British team to third in the medal table, with four golds and 13 medals in total as the European Championships concluded in the Italian capital.

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