The online poll by UK Athletics (UKA) which featured every gold medal winning performance in the post World War era, was launched last week and asked athletics fans across the UK to vote on which spine tingling moment held the most significance.
And in second place was the hugely emotional 800m performance from Kelly Holmes in Athens 2004, which saw years of injury filled frustration put behind her, crossing the line ahead of Hasna Benhassi in a time of 1:56.38.
Holmes also took third place in the poll with her 1500m winning performance from the same Games, making the double gold medallist the recipient of the most votes overall in the entire poll – albeit split across two performances.
Other strong performers in the poll included Mary Peters’ 1972 pentathlon win and Ann Packer’s ground breaking 1964 800m gold.
The poll was part of UKA’s celebrations of 100 days to go until the London Olympic Games.
Top Gold Medal Winning Moments Below as voted for by UK athletics fans
1984 – Daley Thompson Decathlon
2004 – Kelly Holmes 800m
2004 – Kelly Holmes 1500m
1968 – David Hemery 400m Hurdles
1972 – Mary Peters Pentathlon
1960 – Don Thompson 50k Walk
1964 – Ann Packer 800m
1980 – Steve Ovett 800m
1992 – Sally Gunnell 400m Hurdles
2000 – Jonathan Edwards Triple Jump
2004 – Men’s 4 x 100m Relay
1980 – Seb Coe 1500m
2000 – Denise Lewis Heptathlon
1984 – Seb Coe 1500m
1992 – Linford Christie 100m
1980 – Allan Wells 100m
1980 – Daley Thompson Decathlon
2008 – Christine Ohuruogu 400m
1964 – Ken Matthews 20k Walk
1964 – Lynn Davies Long Jump
1984 – Tessa Sanderson Javelin
1964 – Mary Rand Long Jump
1956 – Chris Brasher 3000m Steeplechase
Lizzie Flint, Sportsister
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