The IAAF World Championships Daegu 2011 will be an event for the history books, not because of likes of super stars such as Usain BOLT (JAM) or Blanca Vlasik (CRO) but because of the possible return of athletics legend Merlene Ottey. The Jamaican born athlete who recently earned a spot on the 4x100m Relay Team looks forward to the chance to lead the team to Daegu “In case we will qualify I would be happy to be part of Slovenian relay in Daegu and London.”
Though her best time for 2011 in the 100m is 12.07, .4 seconds slower than her best time last year, the 51 year old athlete is still in top form stating “I think when the season will progress I will be faster.”
Ottey’s accomplishments are nearly as long as her athletics history. Currently she holds the record for most number of medals at the indoor championships (6), the record for the longest career as a top level international sprinter, the most consecutive wins over 100m for a female athlete (57), the oldest ever woman to medal at the World Championships, and one of only two athletes ever to win over twenty medals at the Olympic Games and the World Championships combined (Carl Lewis is the only other).
In her prime she was an unstoppable force and at the age of 51 she is still a strong competitor. It is her passion for the sport that continues to lead her down this historical path. With her eyes set on the IAAF World Championships Daegu 2011 this athletics legend is sure to show the world that she is not quite finished.