Athletics: Holmes to open season in Glasgow

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Kelly Holmes will open her indoor season by competing in the Norwich Union International match in Glasgow on 29 January. The double Olympic champion will be the leading attraction in her first appearance in a British vest since her victories in Athens. Holmes, an easy winner over 1,500 metres at the meeting in February, will compete over the same distance in the match against Sweden, France, Russia and Italy. "I am still competitive and I still want to win," said Holmes, who has been swamped with media commitments since returning from Greece.

She added: "It has been such a hectic time since Athens and since I last raced at the end of the summer. It has been great fun, but I'm an athlete and I can't wait to get back on to the track."

Holmes could attempt to win the European Indoor 1,500m title in Madrid next March, which would see her compete in the European Trials in Sheffield on 12 and 13 February.

The 34-year-old has also committed herself to competing in the Norwich Union Grand Prix in Birmingham on 18 February.