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Kent’s Dame Kelly Holmes’ inspiring words to Team GB’s Jemma Reekie

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Jemma Reekie will lead Team GB in the Tokyo Olympics 800m final this afternoon and will carry the words of Kent's Dame Kelly Holmes with every stride.

Reekie lines up alongside compatriots Alexandra Bell and Keely Hodgkinson in the final at 1.25pm UK time after the three delivered stunning performances in the semi-finals.

The 23-year-old Scotswoman is the former European Under-23 champion and has multiple Diamond League victories to her name.

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Reekie was just six years old when Dame Kelly won her iconic double gold medal in the 800m and 1500m at Athens 2004, but the Kent athlete's success is something that has inspired the young runner.


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Reekie told BBC Sport : "The first Olympics I remember was London 2012, but I've watched Kelly's races back and learned a lot from her.

"I've definitely chatted to her over the past year and when I came into the senior rankings and ran fast.

"Before that I wasn't even doing 800m, but it's been really nice to have her support. I really respect her and look up to her as well, so it's been amazing."

Reekie put in a startling time of one minute 59.96 seconds in Monaco earlier this year.

Only Holmes and GB athlete Laura Muir, who competes in the 1500m at Tokyo, have posted quicker times than that in British athletics history.

The Dame's personal best of one minute 56.21 seconds, also posted in Monaco, remains the British record and something Reekie has set in her sights.

Kelly Holmes celebrating winning the 1500m event at the 2004 Olympics in Athens

She said: "It's been on my mind for the past two years.

"It's something I would really love to break, but you have got to respect how well she has done as well.

"She was an amazing athlete. It's definitely on my mind but it's going to be hard work to get it."

Dame Kelly lives in a detached five-bedroom house in the Tonbridge countryside.

The gold medallist was born in Pembury and grew up in Hildenborough before attending the Hugh Christie Comprehensive School in Tonbridge.

Dame Kelly Holmes lives in a luxurious Kent home

The athlete often posts snaps on Instagram of her out and about exercising in Hildenborough and Haysden Country Park.

When not exploring our glorious countryside, Kelly spends time at her luxurious home alongside her pet alpacas.

She recently shared a rare snap of her luxurious Kent garden.

The women's 800m final at Tokyo 2020 takes place today at 1.25pm and can be watched on BBC 1.

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