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Who made the most of 2010?

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Katharine Merry | 14:19 UK time, Friday, 29 October 2010

The dust has finally settled on what was a very busy 2010 track and field season for British athletes.

Much of the talk both before and during the season was about which athletes would target both the European Championships and the Commonwealth Games. Could the athletes, especially the big names, really sustain their energy levels to do well in both August and October?

Many, including Jess Ennis, Phillips Idowu and Mo Farah, shied away from or didn't make it to the start line at both championships because of personal reservations, injuries or lack of desire. So who, therefore, gained the most from 2010?

The stars of the European Championships were clear: those athletes that contributed to the healthy 19 British medals won in Barcelona, including the shiny gold medals.

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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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