Australian sprinting legend Cuthbert dies

Australian sprinting legend and four-time Olympic gold medallist Betty Cuthbert has died aged 79.

At the age of 18, Cuthbert won three gold medals at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics – the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relays.

Known as Australia’s “golden girl”, she went on to win gold in the 400m at the Tokyo Olympics eight years later.

She passed away in Western Australia on Sunday night after a long battle with multiple sclerosis.

Betty Cuthbert crosses the finish line at the 400 metres final in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull led tributes on social media calling the runner an “inspiration and a champion on and off the track”.

Friend and former Olympic sprinter Raelene Boyle said Cuthbert had won medals with “humility and distinction”.

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