We are very saddened to report that Olympic legend Betty Cuthbert has passed away after a long battle with multiple sclerosis.
She was an icon of Australian Athletics.
On the 26th of November 1956 in Melbourne Australian athlete Betty Cuthbert won the Olympic 100 metres championship, the first of her three gold medals at these Games(later the 200m and 4 x 100 relay). Fellow Aussie Marlene Matthews was third. After being hampered by injuries Betty retired after the 1960 Rome Olympic Games, but only briefly. After an 18 month retirement Betty competed at the 1962 Perth Commonwealth Games helping Australia to first place in the 4 x 100m sprint relay her only Commonwealth Games gold. After the Perth Games Betty concentrated her attention on the 400 metres going on to win the gold medal in that event at the Tokyo Olympics in 1964. She set or equalled 18 World Records between 1956 and 1964. She is the only athlete, male or female, to win Olympic gold over 100, 200 and 400 metres.
Athletics North Queensland joins with all of the Australian Athletics Family in extending our sympathies to Betty’s family and friends.