Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

What a Week to Remember for Susan

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

What a Week to Remember for Susan

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Byline: By Bill McGuirk

Susan deacon has had a week to remember.

It all started when the South Tyneside-based sprinter just failed to win the Scottish 100 metres title for a fifth time when she was edged into silver medal position by Merlene Ottey, arguably the greatest women speed merchant of all time.

Following on from the memorable race at Scotstoun, the pair joined up to help with a squad session of Scotland's leading junior athletes, and this led to a one-to-one on the track the following day.

"It was amazing really," said Deacon (pictured right).

"Merlene and I got talking while we were with the juniors, and she turned the conversation right round. She knew all about what I had done.

"So when the session was over I cheekily asked what she was doing the following day training-wise, as I knew she was staying over to compete in the Celtic Games.

"Straight away she suggested I come along and join her.

"That was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to train with someone who has been at the top of the game for so long. …

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