50-year-old 'to compete in relay'
Published 23/07/2010 | 12:22
Fifty-year-old Merlene Ottey could become the oldest athlete to compete at the European Championships after Slovenia named the sprinter in its 4x100 metres relay team.
Ottey, a Slovenian of Jamaican origin, would make her Barcelona debut in the July 31 heats. She was one of five athletes named by the Slovenian Athletics Federation alongside Tina Murn, Sabina Veit, Kristina Zumer and Maja Mihalinec.
Ottey has won 29 medals at major competitions, including seven Olympic Games, starting with Moscow in 1980. Ottey won bronze in the 200 metres in the 1992 Barcelona Games, when she was 32.
Ottey, who first raced for Slovenia in the championships four years ago, has clocked 11.84 seconds over 100 metres this season. She was second in the Slovenian championships.
French marathon runner Nicole Brakebusch-Leveque is the oldest athlete to compete in the European games, so far, at the age of 47.