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Jemma Reekie powers into women's 800m final

Posted : 02 March 2024

Jemma Reekie of Great Britain showcased her determination to secure her first global medal by dominating the women's 800m semi-final at the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Glasgow.


The 25-year-old Scot strategically paced herself to victory in 1 minute 58.28 seconds, boosting her confidence ahead of the medal race scheduled for Sunday.


Expressing her competitive spirit, Reekie stated, "The final will be very tough, but I want [the other athletes] to know that if they are coming to win on my track, they are going to have to work hard!"


Reekie's semi-final triumph positioned her as a top contender for the gold, as she outpaced two expected medal rivals, including Ethiopia's world leader Habitam Alemu and 2022 world indoor bronze medallist Halimah Nakaayi.


Jemma Reekie fuelled by home crowd as she makes powerful World Indoors  start in Glasgow


The home favorite's performance solidified her status as a formidable force in the competition, and she looks forward to a fast-paced final, expressing her intent to discuss strategy with coaches Jon Bigg and Sally Gunnell.


In other events during Saturday's morning session, GB's David King secured a spot in the men's 60m hurdles semi-finals, finishing third in his heat with a time of 7.64 seconds.


However, teammate Tade Ojora fell short. American Grant Holloway, the favorite defending his title in the same event, qualified fastest in 7.43 seconds.


Meanwhile, GB's Amy Hunt, continuing her comeback from injury, finished fifth in her women's 60m heat at 7.29 seconds, missing the next round. The evening session promises excitement for Great Britain, with world 1500m champion Josh Kerr, Olympic 1500m silver medalist Laura Muir, and others competing in various finals, creating anticipation for potential golden moments.


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