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  I met loads of top athletes
Updated 24 February 2004, 10.25
Jordan met top athlete Kelly Holmes
Sports fan Jordan went to the Norwich Union Grand Prix athletics meeting and met loads of top stars, including his favourite ever runner.

Here's his report.


"After filming for Newsround in the arena we went down to the warm-up area. Nobody is allowed in there other than athletes and their coaches, but I had a special pass.

As I entered I saw some of my heroes, Darren Campbell, Mark Lewis-Francis, Marion Jones and Kelly Holmes, but they were all staring at me!

I went to the mix-zone, where the athletes come after their event to collect their kit and recover.

Greatest runner

One of Jordan's fave athletes Haile Gebrselassie
First in was Kelly Holmes, fresh from her European and British record in the 1,000m. Then it was Marion Jones, Olympic gold medallist for 100m and 200m and winner of the long jump tonight with a jump of 6.75m.

After having my photo taken with her, she signed her race number and gave it to me.

Next in was the athlete I admire the most, world record holder, Olympic champion and possibly the greatest male distance runner of all time, Haile Gebrselassie, another photo, another autograph.

Gasps of amazement

The evening was coming to a climax and all the attention was focused on the final event - the men's 60m final, the atmosphere was electrifying.

Suddenly there were gasps as Darren Campbell, one of the favourites, was disqualified for a false start. Could it get any more exciting?

While they finished changing, Mark and Darren noticed me standing nearby and came over, this was unbelievable, more photos and autographs, then Darren reached into his bag and to my amazement gave me his Great Britain top as a souvenir.

What an unbelievable end to an unbelievable day!

Jordan, 14


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