Toyko 2020 Olympics: Jemma Reekie powers through to 800 metres final

Britain’s Jemma Reekie has booked her place in the 800 metres Olympic final in Tokyo.

Britain's Jemma Reekie (centre) during the first Women's 800 metres Semi-Final at the Olympic Stadium. Picture: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

The Scottish middle distance runner finished second in the first semi-final, a stride behind Jamaica’s Natoya Goule.

The top two from each of the three semi-finals qualify for Tuesday’s final along with the two fastest losers.

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Goule’s winning time was 1min 59.57sec while Reekie clocked 1:59.77.

It was an impressive performance from Reekie who tucked in behind Goule early on. The pair pulled clear of the rest of the field on the final bend.

In the build-up to the Games, Reekie, 23, ran a new personal best of in 1:56.96 at the Diamond League meeting in Monaco.

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Keely Hodgkinson also advanced to the final of the 800m as the winner of her semi-final, beating Chunyu Wang of China in a photo finish, meaning three Brits still contest the final as Alex Bell made it in as one of the fastest third-place finishers.