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LIFE LIKE: It is rather easy to spot the real Kelly Holmes

SHE MAY not be the ‘Golden Girl’ of sport since Jessica Ennis rose to the occasion at the London 2012 Games, but Olympic legacy is never forgotten.

A 5ft 4in bronze statue of Dame Kelly Holmes was commissioned by Sure deodorant after the double Olympic gold medallist topped a poll of women deserving a permanent tribute.

Unfortunately the statue has failed to impress the residents of Tonbridge, Kent where is intended to be placed after being on display currently in Portman Square, London.

Nicolas Heslop, leader of Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council, said he thought the statute looked “more like Jessica Ennis”.

He added: “It doesn’t look like Kelly Holmes. I just did a straw poll in the office and no one got it.”

Dame Kelly, 42, who won gold in the 800m and 1500m at Athens in 2004 agreed. “I’ve seen a picture of the statue," she said. "It’s a shame it doesn’t quite look like me.”

She generously added: “But to have a statue in my home town is great and will raise awareness of my connection with the community who celebrated my Olympic achievements with me.”

In Sure's poll, 89 per cent of people said “more women” should have statues dedicated to them.

The poll also found that only 86 of the 573 listed figurative statues in the UK showed women - just 15 per cent - and Dame Kelly Holmes came top in the poll with 24 per cent voting for the athlete.

A Sure spokesperson said: “After polling the British public to see which influential women they would like to see celebrated for their lifetime achievements, an artist created a statue of Dame Kelly Holmes who came top of the list.“

“The artist's representation of Dame Kelly Holmes at the peak of her career was based on extensive research into past images and videos. As with any artist representation it is subject to interpretation and can be point for discussion and debate."

“We hope this will continue to drive conversations about the imbalance of female statues in the UK”, the spokesperson added.

Sure would not say who made the statue or how much it cost.

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