Sunday, August 6, 2017

V 7 N. 55 Betty Cuthbert , R.I.P.

Betty Cuthbert
Betty Cuthbert, four time Olympic gold medalist for Australia passed away today.  In 1956 before her home fans in Melbourne she won the 100, 200, and ran on the victorious 4x100 relay.  She did not participate in 1960 due to injury, but in 1964, she won the first 400 for women.

She was a victim of Multiple Sclerosis at the age of 79.

Following is a link to The Guardian's piece about her life.

Betty Cuthbert

Following information is from sports reference.com


Full name: Elizabeth Alyse "Betty" Cuthbert
Gender: Female
Height: 5-6.5 (169 cm)
Weight: 126 lbs (57 kg)
Born: April 20, 1938 (Age 79.108, YY.DDD) in Merrylands, New South Wales, Australia
Affiliations: Western Suburbs AAC, Sydney (AUS)
Country: AUS Australia
Sport: Athletics
Medals: 4 Gold (4 Total)

Biography

Australian Elizabeth "Betty" Cuthbert won two gold medals in the individual track sprints (100 and 200 metres) and
 a third gold in the 400 metre relay in at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. The 18-year-old was instantly acclaimed as a
 national heroine by the home Australian crowd, and was nicknamed the "Golden Girl". Injury prevented her from
 doing well at the 1960 Games but she came back to win the 400 metres in 1964 at Tokyo and claim her fourth
Olympic gold medal, which she regarded as her greatest win. She is the only Olympic sprinter, man or woman, to have
 won gold medals in the 100 metres, 200 metres, and 400 metres. At the British Empire and Commonwealth Games
she won a gold medal in the 4×110 yards relay (with [Joyce Bennett] and the non-Olympians Brenda Cox and Glenys
 Beasley) in 1962 and silver medals in the 220 yards as well as in the 4×110 yards relay (with [Marlene
Mathews-Willard] and the non-Olympians Kay Johnson and Wendy Hayes) in 1958. In the 1958 British Empire and
 Commonwealth Games 100 yards Cuthbert finished fourth and in the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth
Games 220 yards she finished fifth, but in the 100 yards she was eliminated in the semi-finals. She set or equalled
18 world records between 1956 and 1964 over 60 metres, 100 yards, 220 yards, 400 metres, and in the 4×100 and
4×220 relays. In 1964 she was awarded the prestigious Helms Award for her contributions to sport. Sadly for such a
 fine athlete, she later was afflicted with multiple sclerosis, having first been diagnosed with that disease in 1979.
At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, aided by a wheelchair, she was one of several Australian women who carried the
Olympic Flag at the Opening Ceremony.
Personal Bests: 100 – 11.4 (1956); 200 – 23.1y (1960); 400 – 52.01 (1964).

Results


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GamesAgeCitySportEventTeamNOCRankMedal
1956 Summer18MelbourneAthleticsWomen's 100 metresAustraliaAUS1Gold
1956 Summer18MelbourneAthleticsWomen's 200 metresAustraliaAUS1GoldWR
1956 Summer18MelbourneAthleticsWomen's 4 × 100 metres RelayAustraliaAUS1GoldWR
1960 Summer22RomaAthleticsWomen's 100 metresAustraliaAUS4 h4 r2/4
1964 Summer26TokyoAthleticsWomen's 400 metresAustraliaAUS1GoldOR

Women's 100 metres


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GamesAgeCitySportCountryPhaseUnitRankT(H)T(A)L
1956 Summer18MelbourneAthleticsAustraliaFinal111.511.824
1956 Summer18MelbourneAthleticsAustraliaSemi-FinalsHeat One2QU12.012.08
1956 Summer18MelbourneAthleticsAustraliaRound OneHeat Three1QU/OR11.411.72
1960 Summer22RomaAthleticsAustraliaQuarter-FinalsHeat Four412.012.18
1960 Summer22RomaAthleticsAustraliaRound OneHeat Four2QU12.112.21

Women's 200 metres


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GamesAgeCitySportCountryPhaseUnitRankT(H)T(A)L
1956 Summer18MelbourneAthleticsAustraliaFinal1WR23.423.555
1956 Summer18MelbourneAthleticsAustraliaSemi-FinalsHeat One1QU23.623.75
1956 Summer18MelbourneAthleticsAustraliaRound OneHeat One1QU23.523.60

Women's 400 metres


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GamesAgeCitySportCountryPhaseUnitRankT(H)T(A)L
1964 Summer26TokyoAthleticsAustraliaFinal1OR52.052.012
1964 Summer26TokyoAthleticsAustraliaSemi-FinalsHeat One2QU53.8
1964 Summer26TokyoAthleticsAustraliaRound OneHeat One3QU56.0

Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay


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GamesAgeCitySportTeamNOCPhaseUnitRankT(H)T(A)L
1956 Summer18MelbourneAthleticsAustraliaAUSFinal1WR44.544.653
1956 Summer18MelbourneAthleticsAustraliaAUSRound OneHeat One1QU/WR44.945.00

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