Katharine Merry

Katharine Merry

Katharine is a rare Athlete that had outstanding success at both junior and senior level athletics. Having been the fastest girl in the world aged 14, 12 years later she became the fastest woman in world over 400m.


Aged just 12, she was ranked number one in 7 different events in the UK age group rankings and when concentrating on sprinting at 14 she ran a stunning 7.35s indoors for the 60m, becoming the fastest girl in the world ever over the distance, which is a record that she still holds.


In a record 5 junior under 20 Championships she collected 5 medals including gold at the European Junior Championships over 200m in 1993.


The fastest woman in the UK from 18 years old, she flew into the 2000 season in her new event of the 400m with one sole objective, the Sydney Olympics.  With a 112,000 capacity crowd Katharine ran a lifetime best to win the Bronze medal behind Australian heroine Cathy Freeman.


The following year she was the fastest woman in the world running the gruelling one lap event in 49.59s and is still ranked both indoors and outdoors as one of the fastest women ever in the UK over the sprint events.


In 2001, Katharine broke the British women’s indoor 400m record, setting a record time of; 51.54 at an international indoor meeting in Cardiff.


Since retiring from Athletics, Katharine is a regular guest on TV and Radio shows such as: A Question of Sport, Pointless and more recently Celebrity Mastermind.


She is the only female TV lead Commentator in Athletics, which has seen her working at numerous Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, European Championships, as well as lead Commentator for Channel 4 at the Paralympics and Paralympic World Cup events.


Katharine covers a wide range of sports away from Athletics, including Triathlon, Beach Volley Ball (London 2012) and Pentathlon and is one of Sky’s lead commentators on their Netball coverage (2015/2016).  She is a regular on Radio 5 Live and confidently holds her own on the hugely competitive “Fighting Talk” and has co-hosted the Danny Baker Show (February 2015).


Katharine is an extremely exciting and proficient Live Events Presenter and has hosted major Athletics events and Championships here in the UK, Europe and America.  This role is often extended to include live trackside interviews with Athletes as they finish their competition, which in 2014 included the inaugural “Invictus Games”, when Prince Harry personally thanked her for helping to make the Event such as huge success.


2015 saw Kath working on the World Championships in Beijing for IAAF TV and Radio and as the first female lead Athletics commentator for BBC at the Great North City Games.


Her near 30 years of experience at the highest levels of Athletics, on both sides of the fence, makes her story one of goal setting, motivating a high performance team, persistence and making the right decisions when it comes to career defining moments.


Kath is extremely comfortable writing her own interviews / features and has enjoyed columns in the past with The Daily Telegraph (Sports Column) and www.ivillage.co.uk.  She has interviewed; Mike Tyson,

Usain Bolt, Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah, amongst a host of other top sportsmen and women.


Katharine became Vice President of Birchfield Harriers in 2015.


2016 has proved busy for Katharine; she has presented and commentated at the main British Athletics Events and was a lead Commentator at the IAAF Indoor World Championships in Portland. She commentated on the Great Manchester City Games for Eurosport and was also the Infield host at the Prefontaine Classic athletics meet in Eugine. Katharine was also  out in Rio at the Paralympic Games as a commentator for Channel 4.


She is an extremely busy mum of 2 young children and an optimistic Aston Villa fan.


Twitter: @KatharineMerry


Nuff Respect / October 2016


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