“I’d love 4 main medals this 12 months. I can positively see myself going for 3”
James Bond super-fan Keely Hodgkinson has warned her athletics rivals the World Indoors shouldn’t be sufficient.
The Olympic silver medallist is sizzling favorite to develop into the primary Briton to win 800 metres gold on the championships, being staged this weekend in Belgrade.
However she sees it as solely a launch pad to the principle occasions this summer time: the World outside champs in Oregon and Commonwealth Video games in Birmingham.
In Tokyo final summer time Hodgkinson introduced herself in sensational type by making the Olympic podium as a young person – after which Aston Martin granted her want to take Bond’s automotive for a spin.
“No one believes me however I did truly drive it,” she mentioned. “The automotive that was used within the James Bond movie, the DB5. They let me drive it on the roads of Milton Keynes.
“It was very cool, considered one of my bucket record issues as I’m a Bond fan [but] I’m actually unsure why they let me drive it. I’m not nice [at driving].
“I had somewhat bump once I was 17 so I am struggling to get insured. The quick automotive should wait. If I win right here I will simply go for a spa day!”
Win she ought to given she smashed the British indoor file in Birmingham final month in a time (1:57.20) greater than a second faster than anybody else on the planet this 12 months.
She admits turning into world indoor champion is only one merchandise on her record of objectives for the 12 months.
“That’s an expectation for me,” mentioned the Atherton-born star. “Hopefully I can return and tick it off once I get house. I’ve set some objectives this 12 months that are fairly massive – larger than final 12 months.”
Hodgkinson ended 2021 as British feminine athlete of the 12 months, a substantial feat in her first full season as a senior and given world champions Dina Asher-Smith and Katarina Johnson-Thompson are amongst her workforce mates.
She has such perception in her bodily talents that she reckons medals in three of the 4 championships this 12 months is an actual risk.
Her precedence after Belgrade is the Worlds in Oregon in July the place she is going to renew her rivalry with America’s teenage Olympic champion Athing Mu.
Then comes the Commonwealth Video games, “I actually wish to try this, since you don’t know what number of occasions you’ll get to do a house Video games”.
She received’t fairly rule out the end-of-season Europeans both however says ‘we’ll see how the physique and the thoughts are coping. As a result of I believe that may be a lot.”
The spotlight of Friday’s Day One in Belgrade, the place shot putter Sophie McKinna captains the GB and NI workforce, sees Johnson-Thompson defending her pentathlon crown on her return to competitors after harm on the Olympics.
Day Two pits shock Olympic 100m champion Marcell Jacobs towards the world’s quickest man Christian Coleman, who missed Tokyo because of a ‘whereabouts’ ban.
Hodgkinson, 20, additionally begins her marketing campaign that day earlier than taking centre stage on Sunday.