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Sunday, 29 August 2004
Master Park in late summer

Oxted Master Park

I am back in Oxted this weekend for the first time in about 6 weeks.  I decided to revive the monthly photo of Master Park, as I have not been keeping up with this since 22 February

I went to Master Park to specifically take some photos for a new project I am starting (as a hobby).  Today was a very exciting day with Kelly Holmes amazing double feat.  Holmes is from around these parts, as she is from nearby Tonbridge in Kent.  I guess quite a few people will head that way on Wednesday when she returns to a double-decker parade in the town centre. 

I was interested to read in the BBC’s Kelly Holmes’ profile that she has a South African connection.  According to the article, her

desire to realise her potential led her to leave behind her roots in Kent and switch training bases to South Africa in 2002.

There, Holmes drew inspiration from living and working with the world’s dominant 800m runner, Mozambique’s Maria Mutola, and her American coach Margo Jennings.

“Maria has so much experience, she has won so much that you cannot fail to become a better athlete by being with her,” Holmes said at the time. “I feel I am stronger than ever.”

At the World Championships in Paris last year, Holmes took the 800m silver medal behind Mutola, in a tactically astute race by the duo.

Not so in Athens, where a fully-fit Holmes ruthlessly put personal feelings aside to overhaul the defending Olympic champion.

“Kelly knows my weakness,” Mutola said after the race - a testament to Holmes’ competitive and tactical nous.

Posted by bigblue on 29/08/2004 at 01:51 AM
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