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Sprinting Legend Dead

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.


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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.