Keely Hodgkinson, Dina Asher-Smith, and Neil Gourley break British records in the World Indoor Tour Final.

Keely Hodgkinson, Dina Asher-Smith, and Neil Gourley of the United Kingdom set new national records at the World Indoor Tour Final in Birmingham.

Hodgkinson, the Olympic 800m silver medalist, cut two hundredths of a second off her personal best.

Asher-Smith, 27, set a new 60m record in qualifying before defeating teammate Daryll Neita in the final.

Gourley, 28, broke Josh Kerr’s national 1500m record by storming past him in the final lap.

Laura Muir won the women’s 1,000m for the fourth time on the day, but fell far short of breaking Maria Mutola’s long-standing world record.

World stars Grant Holloway, Jereem Richards, and Gudaf Tsegay also claimed notable victories in the finals of seven World Indoor Tour events, giving the home crowd plenty to cheer about.

Victories for Hodgkinson and Gourley position them perfectly for the European Indoor Championships, which will be held in Istanbul from March 2-5.

Asher-Smith, the 2019 world 200m champion, will now focus on her outdoor preparations.

The Briton maintained her excellent recent form, clocking 7.03 seconds in the first 60m heat to shave another hundredth off her January record in Germany.

Asher-Smith went on to win the final in 7.05 seconds, one tenth of a second faster than Neita, who finished second. Destiny Smith-Barnett of the United States finished third, and Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson, the reigning world outdoor 200m champion, finished fourth.

Hodgkinson won her third race in a row to win the World Tour title in the women’s 800m, ensuring her entry into the 2024 World Indoor Championships in Glasgow.

The Leigh-based athlete, who will compete in Istanbul as the defending European champion, finished 25m ahead of the field in 1:57.18.

Gourley of the United Kingdom also set a benchmark ahead of the Europeans, shaving 0.38 seconds off the British record set by Kerr in Boston last year.

The Scot’s winning time of 3:32.48 was the second-fastest indoor time this year. Kerr, who chose not to compete in the Europeans, led until the final lap before falling back to fifth place.

Muir’s attempt to break Mutola’s 1999 world record time of 2:30.94 in the women’s 1,000m fell short in the final laps, as the 29-year-old finished in 2:34.53.

Tsegay, Ethiopia’s world indoor 1500m champion and world record holder at that distance, moved closer to breaking the world record in the women’s 3,000m.

The 26-year-old, who is also the reigning world 5,000m champion, was well ahead of the field at the halfway point but fell just nine hundredths of a second short, finishing in 8:16.69.

Holloway of the United States won the men’s 60m hurdles in 7.35 seconds, the fastest time in the world this year. The American beat compatriot Daniel Roberts by 0.12 seconds, clocking a time that was only six hundredths of a second slower than his own world record.

And Richards, the reigning world indoor 400m champion from Trinidad and Tobago, held off a charge from Vernon Norwood of the United States to win by 0.18 seconds in 45.74. Jack Rafferty of Ireland finished third in 46.66 seconds.

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