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Celebrating 120 years of feminine Olympians with Dame Kelly Holmes

We continue our celebration of female Olympians by looking at a powerhouse of middle-distance running

Kelly Holmes celebrates her win in the 800m final at the 2004 Olympics
Kelly Holmes celebrates her win in the 800m final at the 2004 Olympics

If anyone followed Team GB at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, they will remember Dame Kelly Holmes making the Games her own and bringing glory for Britain.

Running in both the 800 and 1,500 metres, she sealed herself as a powerhouse of middle-distance running.

In the 800m, she took the victory on the line, going ahead of Slovenian favourite Jolanda Ceplak and taking home the gold, Holmes only having announced she would run in the race just a few days before.

Heading into her main event, the 1,500m, she took the lead in the final 100 metres, overtaking World Champion Tatyana Tomashova of Russia.

Her double gold at the 2004 Games made her the third woman ever in history to take golds in both events and Britain’s first double gold medalist at the same Olympic Games for the first time since 1920, her status as a British athletics icon secured.

The achievements from Holmes at the Games were further recognised that same year as she was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year, retiring that same year.

She still holds the British records in the 600, 800 and 1,000 metres, no one yet being able to reach her times.

Holmes’ retirement didn’t stop her involvement in the sport, the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust helping young athletes from disadvantaged backgrounds to reach their full potential.





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