Ten years on: Dame Kelly Holmes won gold in Athens Olympics 10 years ago today

We look back at that iconic moment in British athletics.



by Olivia Mulligan



Ten years ago today British athlete Kelly Holmes secured a place in Olympic history by winning the 1500m gold in Athens.

She had also won the 800m and was the first Briton in 84 years to achieve the Olympic middle-distance double.

Holmes set a new British record for the race with a time of 3 minutes 57.90 seconds, finishing three metres ahead of Russian rival Tatyana Tomashova.

Going back further than ten years, Holmes began competing at an international level in 1992 while she was in the army. She became a full-time athlete in 1997. In her early career, she suffered from many injuries. In 1996 she suffered a stress fracture and she ruptured an Achilles tendon in 1997. The Athens Olympics was almost the first major competition Holmes had started without injury problems. Her success is an inspiration to those suffering from injuries.

Since her triumph at the 2004 Olympics she haswon the BBC Sports Personality of the Year and in May 2005 was crowned Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year in Portugal.


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