Hedda Hynne won a high quality 800m at the Gala dei Castelli in Bellinzona on Tuesday (15) evening, a World Athletics Continental Tour Bronze meeting, winning in a world lead and Norwegian record of 1:58.10 and leading three other women under the 1:59-barrier.

Hynne positioned herself on the shoulder of Jemma Reekie as they rounded in the home straight before powering past the double European U23 champion with 60 metres remaining to register arguably the most significant win of her career. She also handed Reekie her first defeat of the season over 800m as well as relieving the Brit of the world lead.

Selina Buchel rekindled some of the form which brought her back-to-back European indoor titles, finishing a close second to Hynne in 1:58.37 – her fastest time since her breakthrough year in 2015. She was pursued to the line by her compatriot Lore Hoffmann, the winner of the Swiss 800m title ahead of Buchel last weekend, who shattered through the two minute-barrier for the first time in third in 1:58.50.

Reekie tied up slightly in the home straight but she only just missed her outdoor lifetime best of 1:58.63, finishing fourth in 1:58.87 for her fourth successive sub-two minute clocking outdoors in 2020.


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