Betty Cuthbert passes away aged 79
Betty Cuthbert has died.
The Australian sprinting champion has battled multiple sclerosis.
Cuthbert was a four-time Olympic gold medallist, winning three at the 1956 Melbourne games in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay events.
Her feats at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics saw her recognised with a statue outside the MCG.
Cuthbert, who also won gold in the 400m eight years later at the Tokyo Olympics, was a torch bearer at the opening ceremony for the Sydney Olympic Games.
RIP Betty Cuthbert • a pioneer for Aussie female sprinters, a legend of the sport ❤️ my thoughts are with your family & friends at this time pic.twitter.com/e1fzuVxRRW— Melissa Breen (@Melissa_Breen) August 6, 2017