Hodgkinson, as the fastest woman in the world this year, aspired to the podium, but she cheered as she crossed the finish line, shaking her head as she saw another begging gold.
The 21-year-old rode a near-perfect race to win another silver medal on top of the same medal won at the Olympics, World Championships and Commonwealth Games over the past two years.
It was the first of three medals on Sunday night as the British foursome in the 4x400m relay both won bronze. It took GB to double the numbers, mimicking the only other time they had done it in Stuttgart 30 years earlier.
Hodgkinson had been one of Britain’s top gold hopes in Hungary and, although she beat her Olympic and world champion Athing Mu for the first time in her career, she didn’t really succeeded in convincing Mary Moraa, who repeated the feat to refuse it. gold in Birmingham last summer.
Hodgkinson’s time of 1:56.34 was the third fastest of her career, but still not enough to cement her spot as world champion.
And yet, it was an engrossing ride that suggested she had learned from her past mistakes. She chose not to take an avant-garde approach, instead keeping herself away from Mu, who set the tempo.
And when Moraa struck in front down the home stretch, there was briefly the suggestion that Hodgkinson might get ahead of her to the line, but she narrowly missed, and the Kenyan performed a kind of jig and ran. lying on the floor, wiggling her feet in celebration.
Afterwards, Hodgkinson said, “To be consistently among the best in the world is what I want. I gave everything. I don’t think I really made a mistake.
“I really believed I was going to win. It’s not bronze, it’s not gold but I’m still on the podium. It was a different order from last year, who knows what it will be next year. One of these days, I’ll have first place. I will go for gold again.
Jemma Reekie was in contention for a medal but had to settle for fifth place after a tumultuous season where she parted ways with longtime manager Andy Young earlier this year.
The Scot said: “I’m proud of the way I handled it. I was brave. It was always going to be difficult. I really wanted to win those medals today, but those girls are strong. I have a lot of work to do.
The men’s relay team was without its leader, individual silver medalist Matt Hudson-Smith, who suffered from Achilles tendonitis all season. But the quartet of Alex Haydock-Wilson, Charlie Dobson, Lewis Davey and Rio Mitcham managed to clinch bronze behind the United States and France.
In the women’s race, Femke Bol of the Netherlands produced a stunning gold medal finish against the United States, while the British four of Laviai Nielsen, Amber Anning, Ama Pipi and Nicole Yeargin added another bronze medal.
Morgan Lake nearly made the evening even better for the British high jump contingent clearing 1.97m but failed to clear 1.99 and had to settle for fourth place.