Merlene Otty relishes seventh Olympics

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:08 IST

Merlene Ottey's seventh trip to the Olympics probably will be her last.

Athens:

Merlene Ottey's seventh trip to the Olympics probably will be her last. The 44-year-old sprinter is competing in Athens for her new country, Slovenia. "I'm glad that Slovenia has given me the chance to compete. I didn't think that I would still be in the sport," Ottey said. "I want to give it my very best try here," he added. Ottey won eight Olympic medals for her native Jamaica and her 14 world championship medals are the most in track and field history. Disputes over her selection for the Sydney Games left her bitter, though she won a silver with Jamaica's 4x100-meter relay team. Ottey moved to Slovenia to train with Srdjan Djordjevic and eventually gained citizenship from the tiny Alpine republic. Ottey is realistic about her chances, saying her goal is to reach the finals in the 100 and 200. She's not among the top 10 in either event. (AP)

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