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Athletics: Josh Kerr delivers second GB gold in Hungary

Josh Kerr picked up Great Britain & Northern Ireland's second gold medal of the 2023 World Athletics Championships after producing a stunning performance in the men’s 1500m.

All the talk heading into the final was about reigning Olympic champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen, who was hoping to go one better than the world silver picked up in Eugene last year.

However, it was to be another near-miss for the Norwegian as he was edged out in the home straight by Scottish star Kerr, who moved level with Ingebrigtsen on the last bend before getting ahead with 50 metres left.

The Olympic champion will be sick of the site of runners representing GB & NI, as he suffered the same fate last year when Jake Wightman snatched the gold medal from him.

Kerr's gold was the second for Team GB in Hungary, adding to the earlier heptathlon success of Katarina Johnson-Thompson, while silver was also obtained in the 4x400m mixed relay.
 

Chances of more medals for Zharnel Hughes

The other medal that has come Team GB's way was the bronze Zharnel Hughes picked up in the 100m, although his reaction at the finish line suggested he thought he had done enough for the top prize.

With the bronze locked up, the 28-year-old will be hoping to add gold to his collection in the 200m and the early signs look promising after he recorded the quickest time in the round one heats with 19.99.

Hughes will be in semi-final action on Thursday evening and, if he qualifies as expected, the final will be the last race taking place on Friday night.

The Great British ace is 6/1 to win the 200m, with 2/7 Noah Lyles and 4/1 Letsile Tebogo the only two ahead of him in the Win Only market.

Hughes will also be part of the 4x100m team and Great Britain are priced at 11/1 to claim the gold, behind 2/5 USA, 5/1 Jamaica and 9/1 Canada.

The heats will take place on Friday before the final on Saturday evening.
 

Matthew Hudson-Smith to deliver gold?

Another gold medal hope for Team GB is Matthew Hudson-Smith in the 400m and the final will take place on Thursday evening at around 20:30.

The 28-year-old, who claimed bronze last year, qualified joint-second quickest for the final and he has been boosted from 7/4 to 15/8 to Win Outright, ahead of 5/2 Antonio Watson and 9/2 Wayde Van Niekerk.

Hudson-Smith can also be backed for a Podium Finish at 1/4.
 

Keely Hodgkinson another leading hope

Keely Hodgkinson had the world leading time of 1:55.77 in the women's 800m ahead of the World Championships and she safely qualified for the semi-finals in Hungary, going fourth fastest at 1:59.53.

The 21-year-old won silver at both the Tokyo Olympics and last year's World Championships and she is the 13/10 to add gold to her collection.

The women's 800m semi-finals take place on Friday evening, before the final is contested on Sunday.

Scot Jemma Reekie is also hoping to make the final and she is 20/1 to claim gold.
 

Dina Asher-Smith hoping for 200m success

Having finished eighth in the women's 100m final, Dina Asher-Smith will be hoping for an improvement in the 200m and the semi-finals will be taking place on Thursday evening.

The British sprinter, who was world champion in this event in 2019, posted the eighth-fastest time (22.46) in the heats and she has been boosted from 20/1 to 22/1 To Win Outright.

Asher-Smith is not the only British hope in the 200m and Daryll Neita - 66/1 to win gold - has already beaten her compatriot over that discipline this term and was sixth fastest in the heats.

Bianca Williams has also made the semi-finals, qualifying 18th quickest, and she can be backed at 250/1 to cause a massive surprise.
 

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