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Hall of Fame Moment | 2014

Betty Cuthbert became Australia’s Golden Girl by taking out the 100 and 200 metre sprints at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics and adding a third gold in the 4×100 metre relay.

Forced by injury to miss the 1960 Rome Olympics when she was reigning world champion, she temporarily retired but came back to earn a place in the team for the Tokyo games in ’64 where she chose to concentrate on the newly introduced women’s 400 metres.

After looking unimpressive in the heats she produced a champion’s effort in the final to win her fourth Olympic gold medal and become the only athlete in history – male or female – to win Olympic gold over all the sprint distances 100, 200 and 400 metres.  It remains a moment to savor.


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