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#NoMatterWhat: 5 record-breaking athletes who inspire people all over the world

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Sport offers us a very close look at the hardships athletes have to go through to be able to compete at the highest level.  The ones who manage to reach the top often have stories that enable us to draw strength from and appreciate their achievements even more. The stories of such athletes invoke a multitude of emotions and aspiring athletes can learn a lot from their trials and tribulations. Here we look at 5 such athletes whose accomplishments and record-breaking careers have acted as an inspiration for millions all over the world looking to pursue athletics seriously and at the highest level.

#1 Merlene Ottey

Ottey's longevity has been a source of inspiration to every athlete in the world

Jamaican-born Slovenian athlete Merlene Joyce Ottey is arguably one of the greatest track & field athletes the world has ever witnessed. With a remarkable tally in both World Championships and the Olympics, Ottey, fondly called “Queen of the track”, continues to be an inspiration for athletes around the world.  

Though she doesn’t have a Gold medal to her name, the Slovenian is still one of the most famous athletes the world over, mostly because of her desire to continue running till she can.

That Ottey hasn’t officially announced her retirement yet, even at the age of 55, tells a lot about her continued passion and dedication towards the sport. The Slovenia-based sprinter is a 9-time Olympic medallist and a very prolific athlete in the World Chamionships, with a record 14 medals.

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