Toppa Top 50: Fifty Great Jamaicans

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Merlene Ottey
Merlene Ottey Jamaica Top 50

Often referred to as the queen of the track with her record holding 14 World Games medals and seven Olympic appearances, Ottey is the first Caribbean female athlete to win an Olympic medal and the oldest track and field medalist, which she achieved at age 40, during the 2000 Olympics. A former ambassador at large for Jamaica, Ottey acquired Slovenian citizenship in order to compete for that country after failing to make the Jamaican team for the 2004 Olympics. Merlene is still an internationally recognized top-level sprinter at age 52, as she has still refused to bow out of competition. –Sherman Escoffery

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