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Betty Cuthbert


Betty Cuthbert - Heritage Plaque Postcard



Location: Sydney Cricket & Sports Ground Trust, Moore Park Rd, Moore Park, NSW 2021, Australia , NSW 202


Plaque awarded: 02/12/2018


Reason: Plaque Category - Legend


Betty Cuthbert (AUS)

  • 4-time Olympic gold medallist;
  • 8 world records as set between 1956 & 1960 in the Sydney Cricket Ground.
  • 1956, 1960 and 1964 Olympic Games – 4 gold medals
    16 ratified world records

Born: Sydney, Australia, 20 April 1938
Died: Mandurah, Australia, 6 August 2017

At the age of 18, Betty Cuthbert became known as “The Golden Girl” of the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne winning both the 100m and 200m and anchoring the Australian 4x100m gold medal relay team which set world records in the heats and final. A hamstring injury ruined her 1960 Olympic Games but with the 400m being introduced onto the women's programme at the 1964 Olympics, Cuthbert decided to focus on that distance and in the final was never headed from the gun to tape.


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