ATHERTON'S Keely Hodgkinson insists she will relish the spotlight after upsetting Laura Muir to book her place at the Olympics.

The 19-year-old Leigh Harrier defended her 800m British title in stunning style to add to the European Indoor gold she won in March.

Hodgkinson clocked one minute 59.61 seconds after overhauling Muir and Jemma Reekie in the final 70 metres at the British Athletics Championships in Manchester on Sunday.

"I love being in this championship environment and feel I can perform under pressure," said the Atherton athlete.

Leigh Journal:

"The pressure wasn't on me; I was a little bit of an underdog but I enjoy being in the championship environment, it's something I thrive off, even being 19. I'm excited putting myself up against the world's best.

"I really did believe I could do it. It was a case of executing and not panicking, especially against Laura and Jemma who are very, very good athletes.

"It's something I can't put into words. To come away with the win wasn't just a confidence-booster but a testament to how hard I've worked. I'm really glad I've been able to secure my place.

"I'd definitely like to emulate Kelly (Holmes, 2004 Olympic 800m and 1500m champion) but I was only two when she ran that race so I don't really remember it.

"One of my favourites is Michael Jordan, I watched the documentary on Netflix and I just thought he had the mentality that he wants it so he's going to go and get it. I like that."

Muir, the 1500m European champion, finished in two minutes 0.24 seconds and is likely to be handed a discretionary spot for the 800m, with Team GB's athletics squad named on Tuesday, after failing to make the top two.