BETTY CUTHBERT did what no other athlete could do: winning Olympic gold in 100, 200 and 400 metres, as well as another gold in the women’s 100-metre relay.
During her athletics career, she won enormous respect for her modesty and her sportsmanship but she drew just as much admiration for the way she bravely accepted the debilitating illness which blighted much of her later life.
Sportshounds chief writer RON REED and Australia’s veteran athletics writer MIKE HURST pay their own personal tributes to the nation’s wonderful Golden Girl:
IN MORE than 50 years of writing sport, RON REED has met many great champions. Few could ever match Betty Cuthbert – on or off the track. Read more
TODAY Australia mourns one of its greatest champions, our original “Golden Girl” Betty Cuthbert. MIKE HURST has penned this special tribute