Kelly HOLMES

Great Britain GBR

Athletics

  • Olympic Medals
    2 G
    1 B
  • Games participations
    3
  • First Olympic Games
    Atlanta 1996
  • Year of Birth
    1970
Olympic Results

Biography

Kelly HOLMES

Middle-distance runner who recovered from injury to claim double Olympic gold at the age of 34.

Fighting spirit

Although she showed early promise as a runner, Kelly Holmes gave up the sport to join the army at the age of 18 and become British army judo champion. She returned to competitive athletics after watching the 1992 Barcelona Games on television.

Injury problems

Holmes' career was plagued by injuries. Barely recovered from a stress fracture, she placed only fourth in the 800m at the 1996 Atlanta Games. In 2000, a ruptured calf left her only six weeks to train for the Sydney Games. Still, she managed to win a bronze medal in the 800m and placed seventh in the 1,500m.

The perfect year

She arrived at the 2004 Athens Games in perfect shape. In the 800m final, Holmes moved past defending champion Maria Mutola and held off her other rivals. The finish was so close that Holmes didn’t know she’d won – she did so by five hundredths of a second. Five nights later, in the final of the 1,500m, Holmes burst into the lead around the final turn and earned her second gold.

An athletics hero

At 34, she was the oldest woman to win either the 800m or the 1,500m, let alone both of them. Kelly Holmes continues to represent Great Britain’s sporting legacy abroad and campaigns for children’s sport.

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Athens 2004

G
800 metres
800 metres Athletics
G
1,500 metres
1,500 metres Athletics
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Sydney 2000

B
800 metres
800 metres Athletics
#7
1,500 metres
1,500 metres Athletics
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Atlanta 1996

#4
800 metres
800 metres Athletics
#11
1,500 metres
1,500 metres Athletics