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Jamaican Merlene Ottey Continues Record-Breaking Sprint Career In Her Fifties

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Written by Xavier Murphy

Jamaica’s sprint legend Merlene Ottey may be nearing the age of 53, but she has no plans to end her athletic career any time soon. While visiting Jamaica, Ottey said that she is getting ready for the 2016 IAAF World Championships in Moscow. Her first appearance at the World Championships was 30 years ago. Ottey, currently a citizen of Slovenia, the country she represents on the world stage, ran in the 2015 European Athletics Championships in the 4×100-meter competition. Between 1983 and 1997, she won 4 World Championship medals, and she only laughs when asked about when she will retire. Ottey also has three silver and six bronze medals to show for her participation in past Olympics. Ottey will be presented with an Honory Doctor of Technology-Sport award at her alma mater Vere Technical, at the Ben Francis Invitation, which is being held in her honor.

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