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Kelly Holmes

Kelly Holmes

Kelly Holmes had a long and mixed career, with injuries troubling her along the way.

Initially, she showed promise as a runner; however she gave up the sport to join the army at the age of 18.

It was only after watching the 1992 Barcelona Games on television that she returned to competitive athletics.

Having only just recovered from a stress fracture, she came fourth in the 800m at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.

Fascinating Facts

  • Kelly joined the army at the age of 18 and became British army judo champion.
  • She is now involved with sporting legacy and children's sport.

It was in 2000 that a ruptured calf left her with just six weeks to train for the Sydney Olympics. Despite this, she was able to win a bronze medal in the 800m and came seventh in the 1,500m.


The 2004 Olympics in Athens were, without doubt, Holmes' career highlight as she claimed double gold, in the 800m and 1,500m, at the age of 34.

The stunning athletic display led to Holmes being made a Dame.

She is now heavily involved with improving Great Britain's sporting legacy and is an avid campaigner for children's sport. She has even set up a mentoring initiative - 'On Camp with Kelly', through which many top-class athletes have emerged.

Kelly Holmes

  • DOB: 19/04/1970
  • Event: Athletics
  • Medals: 2 golds-Athens 2004, 1 bronze-Sydney 2000