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Kelly Holmes sets up 1500m rematch

30 July 2002

Kelly Holmes eased to victory in the women’s 1500m semi-final setting up an exciting re-match with defending champion Jackline Maranga of Kenya in the final.

Kelly Holmes

Holmes: Injury free and going for gold

Maranga beat the English athlete to Commonwealth Gold in Kuala Lumpur, but she will have to be on top form to beat Holmes after the English runner won her semi in a time of 4:11.27 ahead of Kenya’s other representative Naomi Mugo (4:12.60).

Holmes, who won gold in the 1500m event in 1994 in Canada, took charge of the race at the start of the last lap. Hayley Ovens of Scotland had led for most of the way, but Holmes was just reserving her energy before taking the lead and powering home.

Holmes has been plagued by injuries and is obviously pleased to have the chance to prove she’s still got what it takes.

She said after the race: “It’s just nice to be here injury free and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

Maranga won her semi with a relatively slow time of 4:17.23, finishing ahead of Wales’ Hayley Tullet and England’s Helen Pattinson.

Northern Ireland’s Kelly McNeice took the final fastest loser qualifying spot with a personal best to ensure that all the home nations are represented in the final.

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