April 19, 2017
Elizabeth Cuthbert, known as Betty, was an Australian sprinter from Sydney who won three Commonwealth Games medals.
Cuthbert began running at the age of eight and during her time as an Olympic and Commonwealth Games athlete, she set 16 world records, four of them in 1958 – but found her form dimmed when the Cardiff Commonwealth Games came around that same year.
She was beaten mostly by her longtime rival, Marlene Mathews and settled for silver in two events behind Mathews.
After an 18-month stint in retirement, Cuthbert decided to have one last attempt at the Perth 1962 Commonwealth Games, a decision that led her to her one and only Commonwealth games Gold.
Today, she turns 79
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
In 1969, Betty was diagnosed with Multiple Scelorosis and now lives under the care of friend Rhonda Gillam in Western Australia.
Cuthbert’s fierce competitiveness and passion for life have outlasted her body’s ability – still Australia’s ‘Golden Girl’.