Katharine Merry

Fastest Runner In The World At Age 14

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Olympic medal winner, sprinter and Olympic speaker Katharine Merry has proved that age is no barrier – she was the fastest in the world when she was 14 (running 7.35s indoors in the 60m, achieving a record that she till holds) – and then managed the same incredible feat when she was 26.

This time it was the 400m which Katharine completed in 49.59s, placing her third on the UK’s all-time fastest list for that distance.

Unfortunately, Katharine’s talent has never been fully reflected in her Olympic performances, with her winning a bronze at the 2000 Sydney Games in the 400m – even though it was a lifetime best for her. However, at five separate Under-20 Championships Katharine won five medals, including a 200m gold medal in 1993 at the European Junior Championships.

After losing a continuous battle against a bone spur growth on her right heel, Katharine Merry retired from athletics and forged a new career as an Olympic speaker. She also became a regular on TV and radio, commentating on several Olympic and Paralympic Games, Commonwealth Games and European Championships.

Katharine has also appeared on such programmes as Celebrity Mastermind and A Question of Sport.

To book Katharine Merry as the Olympic speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Olympic agency by filling in our online contact form. Alternatively, call a booking agent directly on +44 1509 85 29 27.