Grand Old Ottey

Posted: October 13, 2007 in inspiring stories, marathon

Jamaican-born sprinter Merlene Ottey could add to her record tally of eight Olympic medals thanks to the fall from grace of US rival Marion Jones.

 In a world where youth is worshipped she has shown courage to compete against younger athletes. The conventional wisdom is that your best years as an athelete are in your twenties, but Ottey proves in your that and also in your forties you can be run at highest level. If you are a marathon runner over thirty or just feel too old you cant find a better inspiration.


Ottey began her career representing Jamaica, but since 2002, has represented Slovenia, where she now resides. She ranks at number four on the list of the all time female athletes on the 100 meters, and number three on the corresponding 200 meters list.Ottey holds the record for being the oldest track medalist ever, for running the fastest Women’s Indoor 200 metres (in 21.87 secondsHer career achievements and longevity have led to her being called the “Queen of the Track”.

She started her career in Jamaica where she started competing barefooted. Like many Jamaican runners she moved to United States where she begun a professional career. She has a long list of Records and Achievements

She has since migrated to Slovenia andnow runs for the country. Ottey competed for Slovenia in the 100 meters at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, where she reached the semifinals. At age 46, she competed in the 2006 European Championships in Athletics. She finished fourth in the semi-finals of the 100 metres.

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