You Are Here > SR/Olympics > Athletes > Merlene Ottey-Page

Merlene Ottey-Page

Full name: Merlene Joyce Ottey-Page
Gender: Female
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
Weight: 137 lbs (62 kg)
Born: May 10, 1960 in Cold Spring, Hanover, Jamaica
Affiliations: AD Mass, Ljubljana (SLO)
Country: JAM Jamaica, SLO Slovenia
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Cousin of Milt Ottey.

Medals: 3 Silver, 6 Bronze (9 Total)

Biography

At her career's end, Merlene Ottey had won more Olympic medals in track & field athletics than any woman, with nine. Further these were won over a remarkably long career, which saw her win her first Olympic medal in 1980 (200 metre bronze) and her final one in 2000 (4×100 relay silver with Jamaica). Through 2004, she competed in seven Olympic Games, consecutively from 1980-2004. Her final appearance in 2004 came representing Slovenia. Ottey's record is marred by her failure to win a gold medal at the Olympics, as she has won three silver and six bronze. Primarily a 200 metre runner, she did win the World Championships at that distance in 1993 and 1995. Ottey adopted Slovene nationality on 27 October 2002, following a dispute with the Jamaican federation over her participation at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Personal Bests: 100 – 10.74 (1996); 200 – 21.64 (1991); 400 – 51.12 (1983).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1980 Summer 20 Moskva Athletics Women's 200 metres Jamaica JAM 3 Bronze
1980 Summer 20 Moskva Athletics Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay Jamaica JAM 6
1980 Summer 20 Moskva Athletics Women's 4 × 400 metres Relay Jamaica JAM 4 h1 r1/2
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics Women's 100 metres Jamaica JAM 3 Bronze
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics Women's 200 metres Jamaica JAM 3 Bronze
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay Jamaica JAM 8
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics Women's 100 metres Jamaica JAM 2 h1 r2/4
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics Women's 200 metres Jamaica JAM 4
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay Jamaica JAM 3 h1 r2/3
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Athletics Women's 100 metres Jamaica JAM 5
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Athletics Women's 200 metres Jamaica JAM 3 Bronze
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Athletics Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay Jamaica JAM AC
1996 Summer 36 Atlanta Athletics Women's 100 metres Jamaica JAM 2 Silver
1996 Summer 36 Atlanta Athletics Women's 200 metres Jamaica JAM 2 Silver
1996 Summer 36 Atlanta Athletics Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay Jamaica JAM 3 Bronze
2000 Summer 40 Sydney Athletics Women's 100 metres Jamaica JAM 3 Bronze
2000 Summer 40 Sydney Athletics Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay Jamaica JAM 2 Silver
2004 Summer 44 Athina Athletics Women's 100 metres Slovenia SLO 5 h2 r3/4
2004 Summer 44 Athina Athletics Women's 200 metres Slovenia SLO AC h1 r3/4

Women's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) RT L
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics Jamaica Final 3 11.16 0,161 6
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics Jamaica Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 11.17 7
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics Jamaica Quarter-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 11.21 5
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics Jamaica Round One Heat Six 1 QU 11.26w 3
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics Jamaica Quarter-Finals Heat One 2 QU 11.03 3
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics Jamaica Round One Heat Eight 1 QU 11.03 4
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Athletics Jamaica Final 5 10.88 0,164 4
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Athletics Jamaica Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 11.07
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Athletics Jamaica Quarter-Finals Heat Three 1 QU 11.15
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Athletics Jamaica Round One Heat One 1 QU 11.26
1996 Summer 36 Atlanta Athletics Jamaica Final 2 10.94 0,166 4
1996 Summer 36 Atlanta Athletics Jamaica Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 10.93 0,176 4
1996 Summer 36 Atlanta Athletics Jamaica Quarter-Finals Heat Four 1 QU 11.02 0,182 6
1996 Summer 36 Atlanta Athletics Jamaica Round One Heat Three 1 QU 11.13 0,187 6
2000 Summer 40 Sydney Athletics Jamaica Final 3 11.19 0,179 3
2000 Summer 40 Sydney Athletics Jamaica Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 11.22 0,206 4
2000 Summer 40 Sydney Athletics Jamaica Quarter-Finals Heat One 1 QU 11.08 0,203 4
2000 Summer 40 Sydney Athletics Jamaica Round One Heat Nine 1 QU 11.24 0,235 3
2004 Summer 44 Athina Athletics Slovenia Semi-Finals Heat Two 5 11.21 0.165 1
2004 Summer 44 Athina Athletics Slovenia Quarter-Finals Heat Three 3 QU 11.24 0.179 5
2004 Summer 44 Athina Athletics Slovenia Round One Heat Two 2 QU 11.14 0.195 4

Women's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L RT
1980 Summer 20 Moskva Athletics Jamaica Final 3 22.20 3
1980 Summer 20 Moskva Athletics Jamaica Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 22.32 6
1980 Summer 20 Moskva Athletics Jamaica Quarter-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 22.82 3
1980 Summer 20 Moskva Athletics Jamaica Round One Heat Six 1 QU 22.70 7
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics Jamaica Final 3 22.09 2 0,193
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics Jamaica Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 22.57 1
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics Jamaica Quarter-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 22.53 4
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics Jamaica Round One Heat Four 1 QU 22.90 8
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics Jamaica Final 4 21.99 3
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics Jamaica Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 22.07 3
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics Jamaica Quarter-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 22.30 4
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics Jamaica Round One Heat Four 1 QU 23.06 7
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Athletics Jamaica Final 3 22.09 5
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Athletics Jamaica Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 22.12 3
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Athletics Jamaica Quarter-Finals Heat Four 1 QU 21.94 5
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Athletics Jamaica Round One Heat Two 1 QU 22.95 5
1996 Summer 36 Atlanta Athletics Jamaica Final 2 22.24 5 0,194
1996 Summer 36 Atlanta Athletics Jamaica Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 22.08 4 0,199
1996 Summer 36 Atlanta Athletics Jamaica Quarter-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 22.61 4 0,209
1996 Summer 36 Atlanta Athletics Jamaica Round One Heat Four 1 QU 22.92 7 0,225
2004 Summer 44 Athina Athletics Slovenia Semi-Finals Heat One AC DNF 7 0.247
2004 Summer 44 Athina Athletics Slovenia Quarter-Finals Heat Four 4 QC 23.07 6 0.292
2004 Summer 44 Athina Athletics Slovenia Round One Heat Seven 3 QU 22.72 6 0.254

Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(A) L ST
1980 Summer 20 Moskva Athletics Jamaica JAM Final Standings 6 43.19 3
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics Jamaica JAM Final 8 53.54 2 15,27
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics Jamaica JAM Round One Heat One 1 QU 43.05 10,16
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics Jamaica JAM Semi-Finals Heat One 3 QU 43.30 10,85
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Athletics Jamaica JAM Final AC DNF 5
1992 Summer 32 Barcelona Athletics Jamaica JAM Round One Heat Two 1 QU 42.28
1996 Summer 36 Atlanta Athletics Jamaica JAM Final 3 42.24 6 9,83
2000 Summer 40 Sydney Athletics Jamaica JAM Final 2 42.13 3

Women's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(H)
1980 Summer 20 Moskva Athletics Jamaica JAM Round One Heat One 4 3:31.5