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Betty Cuthbert
Betty Cuthbert

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In 1956, at the Olympic Games in Melbourne, Betty Cuthbert became the first Australian athlete to win a gold medal on Australian soil. In fact, Cuthbert won gold in three track and field events at these Olympics: the 100 metres, 200 metres and the 4x100 metre relay.

She made a winning return to form at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, taking gold in the 400 metres. She has achieved 16 world records. In the 1970s, Cuthbert was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and began actively campaigning for research funds for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Betty Cuthbert is known as "The Golden Girl"


Address:Brunton Avenue, Melbourne Cricket Ground , Melbourne, 3000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.820646
Long: 144.982155
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Monument Designer:Louis Laumen


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 8th August, 2003
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Betty Cuthbert AM, MBE.

Australia`s inspirational "Golden Girl", Betty won three Gold medals in 100m, 200m and 100m relay at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics.

She later won a fourth Gold on the inaugural 400m women`s event at Tokyo in 1964.

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