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Pre-race preparations
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Kelly Holmes in training
Kelly trains for months before a big championship

Kelly Holmes

You need plenty of endurance for an 800m race - it's almost like an elongated sprint.

You'll also need a lot of strength and power too. But most of all, you need speed, especially going into a championship race.

You have to be very, very focused before a big race, especially in middle distance running because it's so tactical.

Kelly Holmes looks the picture of concentration
Half the race is won in the mind

You may have the talent to win a race, but if you haven't thought it through properly, you won't win.

Your mental attitude and psychological preparations for the race are incredibly important.

Diet's another important factor. But my diet stays pretty much the same.

I eat a lot of chicken, fish, vegetables and rice - it's important you have the right fuel in your body.

I'll eat more carbohydrates leading up to a big race for a bit more fuel.


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Meet Kelly Holmes
Race preparations
My strict routine!
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Coming to the bell
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