Chapters: Kelly Holmes, Henry Cooper. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 23.
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Holmes, MBE DBE (born 19 April 1970) is a retired British middle
distance athlete. She specialised in the 800 metres and 1500 metres
events and won a gold medal for both distances at the 2004 Summer
Olympics in Athens. She set British records in numerous events and
still holds the records over the 600, 800, 1000, and 1500 metres
distances. Inspired by Sebastian Coe, Holmes began competing in
middle distance events in her youth. She joined the British Army
but continued to compete at the organisation's athletics events.
She turned to the professional athletics circuit in the early 1990s
and in 1994 she won the 1500 m at the Commonwealth Games and took
silver at the European Championships. She won a silver and a bronze
medal at the 1995 Gothenburg World Championships but suffered from
various injuries over the following two years, failing to gain a
medal at her first Olympics in Atlanta 1996. She soon returned to
form, taking silver in the 1500 m at the 1998 Commonwealth Games
and bronze in the 800 m at the 2000 Sydney Olympics; her first
Olympic medal. It was in the last four years of her career that
Holmes had her greatest achievements. In 2002 Holmes won the 1500 m
at the Commonwealth Games and the 800 m bronze at the Munich
European Championships. The 2003 track season saw her take silver
in the 1500 m at the World Indoor Championships and the 800 m
silver medals at the World Championships and first World Athletics
Final. She took part in her final major championship in 2004 she
turned in a double gold medal-winning performance at the Athens
Olympics, finishing as the 800 m and 1500 m Olympic Champion. For
her achievements she won numerous awards and was appointe...More:
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