Commonwealth Games: Mary Moraa beats Keely Hodgkinson and Laura Muir to 800m gold
|2022 Commonwealth Games|
|Hosts: Birmingham Dates: 28 July to 8 August|
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Kenya's Mary Moraa gatecrashed Keely Hodgkinson and Laura Muir's Anglo-Scottish duel to take 800m gold at the Commonwealth Games.
The 22-year-old world bronze medallist showed devastating speed down the home straight to outlast Hodgkinson, winning in one minute 57.07 seconds.
Scotland's Muir took bronze by one hundredth of a second ahead of Jamaica's Natoya Goule.
Muir will have another shot at glory in Sunday's 1500m final.
Moraa appeared to have misjudged her pace initially, cantering clear of the pack in the opening 300 metres, before slowing around the bell.
But there was still plenty of sting left in her legs and, as Hodgkinson and Muir attempted to crank up the pressure 200 metres from home, Moraa tracked them and found a gear beyond either.
As Hodgkinson and Muir flopped to the track after the line, Moraa gleefully broke out a celebratory jig for the television cameras.
Other than American Olympic and world champion Athing Mu, Moraa is the only athlete to have beaten Hodgkinson over 800m this year.
She triumphed in Stockholm in June with a similarly ferocious kick from home and the former 400m specialist, who only changed up to two laps last year, looks set to make Mu and Hodgkinson's rivalry into a three-hander drama.
"Oh my goodness, these girls are fast," Muir told BBC Sport after finishing in 1:57.87, 0.47 seconds behind Hodgkinson.
"I was in fourth with 100 metres to go and I was just like 'no way'.
"Kids, that's why if your coach says run all the way to the line, you run all the way to the line."
Earlier in the evening, Jamaica's Janieve Russell kept her composure to defend her 400m hurdles title as compatriot Rushell Clayton went out fast and faded even faster. Clayton finished in fourth, one place ahead of England's Jessie Knight