Olympic gold for Kent runner

Contributed by editor on Aug 24, 2004 - 09:42 AM


<FONT color=black>Kelly Holmes has claimed a gold medal in the final of the women's 800m cheered o­n by thousand of British fans in the Olympic Stadium in Athens.

<FONT color=black>Holmes from Hildenborough, near Tonbridge was seventh at the bell as American Jearl Miles Clark set a blistering pace, but she picked off her rivals as they tired o­n the last lap.

<FONT color=black>The 34-year-old former army sergeant came to Athens with the 1,500m as her favoured event and o­nly decided to compete in the 800m the night before the heats.

<FONT color=black>Kelly will now be aiming for a second Olympic title when she runs today  in the 1,500m heats.

<FONT color=black>She put the smile back o­n the faces of British sports fans after the disappointment and despair of Paula Radcliffe's marathon agony.