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After less than 2 years specializing in the 400m Katherine Merry found herself in the Olympic Final lined up against Australia's Cathy Freeman in one of the most memorable moments in sporting History.
In this interview she talks about being the fast WHITE girl, wanting to kick Linford Christie in the shins, interviewing Caster Semenya, and fighting against an uncooperative body.
Born in Dunchurch, Warwickshire, Merry had a career that spanned 20 years. A member of the Birchfield Harriers athletics club, at the age of 12 she topped the UK Under 13 rankings in seven different events. She was the fastest girl in the world aged 14 years, and started her international GB career aged just 13, staying on the junior team for a record six years, winning five Junior Championships and a total of six medals.