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My own worst critic
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Kelly Holmes shows off her European Championships bronze medal
Train hard and you could win one of these beauties

Kelly Holmes

Although I don't like watching myself race, it's actually good to see what I've done on TV or video.

You can analyse your opposition and your own tactical awareness and look at things which maybe you shouldn't have done.

It's good to see where you went wrong, or if you've run a really good race, to see whether you could've run even better.

When I've run a really good race and won, I'm really happy and think: "Great, I've run the perfect race".

Kelly pumps the air after another victory
Good - but could do better

But I'm very critical of my own performances - I often think I could've done something to run even better.

But if I wasn't so overly critical, I wouldn't be an athlete.

You have to work very, very hard in middle distance running because you have to have so many skills - strength, speed, endurance, power, tactical awareness and self belief.

You need to train hard and be dedicated in what you're trying to achieve. But remember to enjoy what you do.




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

Did you know?
Kelly used to be a sergeant PE instructor for the Army
She also played volleyball and was a judo champion during her time in the forces



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