Maureen Jones (Caird) (athletics) won the gold medal in 80m hurdles at the 1968 Mexico Olympic Games at just 17-years-old, becoming the then youngest ever Olympic athletics champion. Coached by legendary June Ferguson and training alongside Betty Cuthbert early in her career, Caird set a new world record at the Games in Mexico, defeating teammate Pam Ryan. However in Edinburgh in 1970, Caird suffered from glandular fever and the placings were reversed with Caird winning silver to Ryan’s gold, this time over the 100m hurdles, the new world standard. Carid went on to represent Australia at the 1972 Munich Olympics however didn’t progress past the heats and retired immediately after the Games at the age of just 21-years-old. Caird is a member of both the Sport Australia and Athletics Australia Halls of Fame.
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