Already at the European Junior Championships in 1993 she won 5 medals, 2 of which were gold medals over 200 m and 4 × 100 m. At the British national championships she won gold over 200 m in 1998 and gold over 400 m in 1999 . At the 1999 World Athletics Championships , she was fifth over 400 m.
Her greatest achievement is winning the bronze medal over 400 m at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney behind Cathy Freeman (AUS) and Lorraine Graham (JAM). A year later she ran her best time with 49.59 s. However, injuries made it impossible to continue her career, so that she officially announced her retirement from the sport in 2005.
- Katharine Merry in the database of World Athletics (English)
- Katharine Merry: “I had surgery twice, then illness almost stopped my breathing. In the end, I couldn't go on, “ Interview with the Observer , October 2, 2005
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||British sprinter|
|DATE OF BIRTH||September 21, 1974|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Dunchurch ( Borough of Rugby )|