Cathy Freeman OAM (athletics) won five medals at the Commonwealth Games, four of them gold, including the 200m and 400m double in 1994 in Victoria, in what was a breakthrough performance. Making her debut for Australia at the 1990 Auckland Commonwealth Games at 16-years-old, Freeman ran a leg of the gold medal winning 4x100m relay. One of Australia’s most celebrated athletes, winning gold in the 400m at the Sydney Olympics, performing on the biggest of stages, four years after winning silver in Atlanta in 1996. The three-time Olympic sprinter also won two world titles in her career (1997 and 1999) and remains the 400m national record holder. Cathy is the only person to have been named Young Australian of the Year (1990) and Australian of the Year (1998). Inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2005, Cathy Freeman lit the Olympic flame at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games opening ceremony.
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