Doubt over Holmes

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Mystery over whether one of Britain's best bets for Olympic track success has a fitness problem continued yesterday. Tony Ward, the team spokesman, refused to add to a brief statement he issued on Saturday night on behalf of Kelly Holmes, the double World Championship medallist.

That statement read: "In view of rumours circulating, Kelly Holmes has said: 'I am happy with my progress in training and looking forward to my competitions in Atlanta'." Holmes, who has her coach, Dave Arnold, with her at Britain's holding camp in Tallahassee, has had sessions in the pool at the Florida State University.

Details of a foot injury sustained by the 5,000m runner Sonia McGeorge were released earlier. "Sonia is happy for the information to be given out," Ward said. "We have to respect the wishes of individual athletes." McGeorge has a tendon injury and has been on crutches to take the pressure off her foot. She is said to have a "reasonable" chance of competing.

Holmes, 26, won a 1500m silver and 800m bronze at last year's World Championships in Gothenburg, and has been deliberating over whether to run both at the Olympics. She was said to be suffering from sinusitis when she withdrew from the Stockholm Grand Prix and also missed the last meeting before the Games at Crystal Palace.

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