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Kelly Holmes in action during last year's European Championships
Kelly usually "kicks" 200m before the finishing line

Kelly Holmes

Depending on what type of race it is, I normally like to be in third position at the bell (after 400m).

In the last 200m I try to be in second or third, ready to strike with my "kick" - the extra gear distance runners find at the finishing line.

But sometimes I like to hang back from the pace if it's too fast and gradually build myself up around the last 400m.

Kelly in action
Kelly has plenty of big-race experience

You can make all these plans, but they can go right out of the window when you're actually running the race.

If your race strategy goes wrong, then you have to check back and adjust. It's easier to re-organise yourself while you're running the race.

But you never know what's going to happen - every race is totally different.

It's all about getting lots of race experience.


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Meet Kelly Holmes
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