Keely Hodgkinson: Athletes don’t get the recognition they deserve

Keely Hodgkinson believes athletics stars by no means get the credit score they deserve.

The 21-year-old is in Budapest forward of her assault on the 800 metres title at the World Championships.

Emma Raducanu’s US Open win in 2021 catapulted her to stardom whereas Hodgkinson remains to be a relative unknown exterior of athletics in the UK.

That’s regardless of her Olympic and world silver medals together with three European golds.

She mentioned: “I do assume us athletes work so much tougher than another sports activities and we don’t get the recognition we deserve. I don’t know the way however hopefully we’ll get there.

“I believe as a result of an athlete is particular person, clearly you’ve your staff round you which of them is nice however you’ve quite a lot of individualisation time. I believe it’s simply exhausting.

“If it’s a staff and also you lose, the complete staff is supporting you. If it’s you, all the things is on you and also you’re the one which controls what occurs while you set off.

“That’s only a totally different type of strain. Coaching for these occasions, it’s robust. Footballers assume they’re match, they’re simply not. As a result of in the event you introduced them all the way down to the observe they wouldn’t sustain.

“Everybody works exhausting. Tennis gamers work actually exhausting, all the things is simply totally different. However in all the totally different points you’ve in athletics, I don’t assume folks realise the behind the scenes of what goes into it.”

Hodgkinson has additionally restricted the manufacturers she works with – simply Nike, Omega and Maurten – to make sure she stays targeted on coaching, however was nonetheless referred to as ‘athletics’ new It lady’ in an interview with Vogue this month.

“Once you work with manufacturers they additionally need one thing again,” she provides. “Days right here, days in London, media days. When you’ve acquired six, seven, eight totally different manufacturers your time goes to be taken up fairly a bit – and my predominant precedence is coaching.

“I simply need to be certain they perceive and they don’t need an excessive amount of from me that it takes away or stresses me out, or something like that. I’m defending who I work with simply to see what comes alongside.”

Her quest for 800m gold begins in the heats on Wednesday however world champion, the USA’s Athing Mu, has been holding Hodgkinson guessing over whether or not she is going to compete in Hungary or deal with subsequent 12 months’s Paris Olympics.

Hodgkinson completed second behind Mu in Eugene final 12 months and at the Tokyo Olympics, with their battle nonetheless poised to be one among the races of the Championships.

“Once you’re lacking a giant identify, when folks come they need to watch that,” she mentioned. “It could undoubtedly be a disgrace if she’s lacking. However we don’t know what’s occurring on her aspect of the world and what her story is.

“We’ve not heard something so I assume we simply have to attend and see, however I strive not to consider who’s going to show up and who’s not.

“You type of go in with the mentality that everybody’s going to be there and if they’re not, they’re not.

“That (gold) is a private purpose of mine anyway. So it will simply be fairly fulfilling if I did that.”

In the meantime, skipper Laura Muir begins her 1500m marketing campaign at the Nationwide Athletics Centre on Saturday, together with GB team-mates Katie Snowden and Melissa Courtney-Bryant, aiming to problem Kenya’s world and Olympic champion Religion Kipyegon.

“Clearly, you all the time need to come away with a medal nevertheless it’s about the stuff you possibly can management,” mentioned Muir. “That’s what I talked about in the captaincy speech.

“The 2 key messages have been: no limitations on your self, since you don’t know what you’re able to, you possibly can go on the market and run manner quicker than you thought, after which no expectations of others.

“You haven’t any concept what different persons are able to both and what form they’re in.”

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