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Different race, same routine
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A close-up of Kelly Holmes
Never mess with this lady's clothes before a race!

Kelly Holmes

I have one very strict pre-race superstition - I always lay my kit out the night before a race.

Every single thing has to be laid out!

I have to have my shoes under my chair, my shorts, vest, everything has to be how I have it.

No matter where I go in the world, I do the same and it never changes.

Sometimes, if I have the opportunity, I'll go down to the track to get an idea about the wind direction and the feel of the surface.

Each track is different - some are hard and fast, while others are slower.

It's not a definite must, but I do it more for indoor tracks because it's a very different style of running.

Indoor tracks are different because you're running on a 200m circuit, rather than a normal 400m outdoor track.

But if it's a new track and environment, I'll go and check it out.


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Meet Kelly Holmes
Race preparations
My strict routine!
Calming the nerves
Coming to the bell
My own worst critic

Did you know?
Kelly absolutely adores Chinese food. But she can indulge in her favourite sweet and sour dish because of her strict diet!



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