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Ottey still fired by passion

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Katharine Merry | 12:00 UK time, Friday, 30 July 2010

What are most 50-year-olds doing right now? They are working hard towards retirement, enjoying time with grandchildren and hopefully enjoying life's little luxuries every now and again.

The usual picture can not be painted for Merlene Ottey, the athletic legend who turned 50 in May.

Out here in Barcelona I have been interviewing many people: the stars of the Championships, an occasional exciting new star or Britain's next medal shot.

But when I was asked to go and interview the ageless Ottey I was delighted.

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Athletes step up to create own 2012 legacy

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Katharine Merry | 14:02 UK time, Monday, 26 July 2010

This Tuesday marks two years to go until the Olympics, and two events taking place around that date - another of what seems like an endless number of milestones - give us a great chance to see some of those who will win medals.

A lot has already been said about the legacy of the Games, as it was such a big part of us being awarded the event in the first place.

Is the "L" word really going to materialise? Great strides are being made by many organisations, seizing the opportunities that an Olympic Games can bring.

Organisations like Sports Leaders UK are determined to make the Games have an impact in young people's lives. There are those who really want the Games to make a stamp on the whole country.

But what about the athletes, who could make history and become part of that legacy? You could argue they have the biggest part to play.

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Thumbs-up for Diamond League as it heads to UK

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Katharine Merry | 11:34 UK time, Wednesday, 7 July 2010

This weekend, Gateshead has the honour of holding the first meeting of the new Diamond League series to take place in the UK.

With 14 meetings over the summer months in three continents, the Diamond League replaced the Golden League this season, with the aim of bringing the best of the best together to wow fans.

At the concept launch last November in Monaco, IAAF President Lamine Diack promised "world-class sport and entertainment" with a determination too see greater frequency of competition between the big names.

So has the new Diamond League lived up to its grand billing so far?

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