Australia’s Golden Girl, Betty Cuthbert dies aged 79

Australia’s Golden Girl, Betty Cuthbert dies aged 79

By Jay-Anna Mobbs

 

Australian athletics legend, Betty Cuthbert, has died at age 79 after suffering from multiple sclerosis for many years.

She was dubbed the “Golden Girl” after her impressive performance at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, where she won three gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay events at the age of 18.

Cuthbert was so modest about her chances of winning, that she bought her own spectator ticket.

After suffering a hamstring injury at the 1960 Olympic games at Rome, Cuthbert announced her

However, a sudden change of heart saw Cuthbert return for the Tokyo Olympics to claim her forth Olympic gold medal in the 400m event.

She was the first athlete in the world to win gold in four different events, the 100m, 200m, 400 and 4x100m relay.

She set a total of 16 world records throughout her career, as either an individual or in relay teams, in events from 60m-400m.

Her success at the 100m race in the Melbourne Olympics, is captured in bronze outside of the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Cuthbert was Australia’s first inductee into the IAAF hall of Fame in the debut year of the institution, 2012.

The Sydney Olympics in 2000, saw Cuthbert as part of the torch relay at the opening ceremony.

Athletics Australia announced the passing of Cuthbert via their twitter page and expressed their condolences.

“Athletics Australia is saddened to confirm the passing of Olympic Legend Betty Cuthbert, Our thoughts with her family and friends,” Athletics Australia said on Twitter.

Sport Australia also expressed their sadness on the passing of the golden girl.

“Betty was a true inspiration and role model to all Australians. Her feats on the track brought together Australians as one. She loved the country and we loved her,” John Bertrand, chairman of Sport Australia Hall of Fame said.

Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten, tweeted “Rest in peace Betty Cuthbert, forever a golden girl.”

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