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Last Updated: Saturday, 25 September, 2004, 12:13 GMT 13:13 UK
Holmes romps to victory
Kelly Holmes
Holmes finished her season with another impressive win
Britain's Olympic hero Kelly Holmes finished her golden season in style with victory in the Great North Mile.

In her first British race since her Athens double, Holmes dominated proceedings from the outset to surge to the tape in four minutes 28.7 seconds.

A large crowd lined the course in the bracing Tyneside conditions to celebrate another Holmes victory.

She took two seconds off Sureyya Ayhan's record of last year, with Helen Clitheroe a distant second in 4:33.4.

"I was really nervous when I woke up this morning," said Holmes, who now plans to enjoy a delayed holiday.

"It was just like a major championship race with so many spectators coming to the event.

"I would like to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart who has supported me this year."

Ivan Heshko claimed victory in the men's Great North Mile, denying world 5,000m champion Eliud Kipchoge with a thrilling last-gasp charge.

Kipchoge had led from the the gun until Heshko brushed past him by the narrowest margin in his final stride.

Both were given the same time, four minutes 02.6 seconds, eclipsing Briton Michael East's course record of 4:03.08 clocked a year ago.

Olympic bronze medallist Rui Silva took third place in 4:03.9.

East was the first Briton home, The Commonwealth 1,500m champion finishing in 4:06.8.


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