Runner-up at the Olympics last summer and again last month at the 800m World Championships, in Birmingham, the hope – for her and the 30,000 inside Alexander Stadium – was to take his place on the top step of the podium.
But instead of being edged out by Athing Mu like she was in Tokyo and Eugene, this time Mary Moraa proved her nemesis in one of the weirdest races in years.
The Kenyan rode an electric first lap, which included a second 200m of just 12.9 seconds, which left her final rivals in her wake.
Realizing she was out nearly two or three seconds too fast, she slowed down right away letting the whole field pass her as she approached the bell.
With Moraa looking completely exhausted, the run looked like Hodgkinson’s and she duly took the lead and started her kick at 200m.
But the Kenyan found new life to pass the 20-year-old down the straight to win comfortably as the English athlete once again had to settle for second place.
Laura Muir sealed the bronze medal heading into Sunday’s 1,500m final in which she is the favorite for gold.
Hodgkinson described herself as “frustrated” with the result. She said: ‘I’m not sure what happened. It went so fast, maybe I could have been more patient with myself. But I gave it my all and unfortunately I walked away with the money…again.
” I’m disappointed. There is positive but still no gold. I’m still pissed until I’m on top of that podium. This will not be the case. Let’s hope another time.
The 20-year-old has a third and final shot at gold over two laps at the European Championships in Munich.
There was something of a redemption from Zharnel Hughes in the next 200m. Four years ago on the Gold Coast he celebrated what he thought was gold before he was disqualified for getting in the way of Jereem Richards.
Richards entered the race as comfortably as the fastest of the field and won easily in a Games record time of 19.80 as Hughes, a former training partner of Usain Bolt, took silver in the season best time of 20.12.