“I’d love 4 main medals this 12 months. I can undoubtedly see myself going for 3”
James Bond super-fan Keely Hodgkinson has warned her athletics rivals the World Indoors is just not sufficient.
The Olympic silver medallist is scorching favorite to change 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 season: the World outside champs in Oregon and Commonwealth Video games in Birmingham.
In Tokyo final summer season Hodgkinson introduced herself in sensational model by making the Olympic podium as a teen – after which Aston Martin granted her want to take Bond’s automobile for a spin.
“No person believes me however I did truly drive it,” she mentioned. “The automobile 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 listing issues as I’m a Bond fan [but] I’m actually undecided why they let me drive it. I’m not nice [at driving].
“I had just a little bump once I was 17 so I am struggling to get insured. The quick automobile should wait. If I win right here I am going to simply go for a spa day!”
Win she ought to given she smashed the British indoor report in Birmingham final month in a time (1:57.20) greater than a second faster than anybody else on the earth this 12 months.
She admits turning into world indoor champion is only one merchandise on her listing 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 residence. I’ve set some objectives this 12 months that are fairly huge – 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 staff 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 chance.
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 do this, since you don’t know what number of instances you’re going to get to do a house Video games”.
She gained’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 feel that could be a lot.”
The spotlight of Friday’s Day One in Belgrade, the place shot putter Sophie McKinna captains the GB and NI staff, sees Johnson-Thompson defending her pentathlon crown on her return to competitors after damage on the Olympics.
Day Two pits shock Olympic 100m champion Marcell Jacobs towards the world’s quickest man Christian Coleman, who missed Tokyo resulting from a ‘whereabouts’ ban.
Hodgkinson, 20, additionally begins her marketing campaign that day earlier than taking centre stage on Sunday.