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Last Updated: Sunday, 29 August, 2004, 06:49 GMT 07:49 UK
Olympics back pages
Sunday Express: Kelly leads gold rush
The Sunday Telegraph: Golden girl
The News of the World: Kelly's all gold - Double has her gobsmacked as relay heroes take Michael
The Independent on Sunday Dream double: Kelly Holmes strides into history with second gold medal (and that's not all, folks!)
The People: Tworeka - Kelly's second gold and sprint glory
Daily Star Sunday: Kelly Gold
Sunday Mirror: Golden Kelly - And a gold for our relay boys too
The Sunday Times: Kelly a legend twice over - then relay boys pick up gold baton
The Observer: Great Briton makes history

Great Britain's athletes are the toast of the nation after a glorious night at the Olympic Games in Athens.

Kelly Holmes and the men's 4x100m relay team are splashed across the front and back pages of Sunday's newspapers thanks to their golden performances on the track.

Holmes, pictured with arms aloft celebrating her historic second gold in the 1500m, is given centre stage.

And Britain's men are also lauded for their spirit as they bounced back from criticism to snatch a surprise gold medal in the 4x100m relay.

The Sunday Times remarks it was the key difference between the victories which conjured such a thrilling spectacle in Athens.

While Holmes' gold was claimed with "startling authority," the other was "heroically stolen from under the noses of the all-powerful US team."

The Independent of Sunday was similarly assured about Holmes' "stunning" performance.

But the paper flags up Darren Campbell, Marlon Devonish, Mark-Lewis Francis and Jason Gardener's relay win as "the upset of the track and field programme."

Holmes - an intensively private character - better get used to being in the spotlight after her golden double.

The Sunday Mirror dubs the 34-year-old "the poster girl of the post-Paula generation."

"The Queen of British sport," says The People.

While the News of the World wants answers asking, "Who was this gorgeous machine? Where was Kelly the crocked, Kelly the drama queen, Kelly the basket case?"

The Sunday Telegraph charts her progress from, "a gallant but injury-ravaged also-ran into the most successful woman in British athletics history."

But though the Sunday Express salutes the "Olympic golden girl" and her 800m and 1500m title haul it writes,"of course it won't last, Holmes will be back to mere mortal soon."

And the Kent athlete better get used to further intrusion as the Sunday Mirror runs an exclusive interview with her estranged father.

Holmes' win was one carved out of sheer, individual determination - not so for the men's sprint relay team.

Britain's sprinters had spent much of the week being maligned by experts, among them American track legend Michael Johnson.

But as The Observer writes, they "found their strength together, a rarity in a sport bedevilled by selfishness."

And in the process - as both the Sunday Express and the Sunday Mirror are eager to point out - "they rammed their critics' words down their throats."

Links to more Olympics 2004 stories


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28 Aug 04  |  Athletics


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