Petra Rivers (athletics) competed in four Commonwealth Games winning two gold and a silver medal in the javelin. One of Australia’s best ever exponents of the event, the Victorian won both the junior and senior Australian title in 1970 at just 17-years-old. Going on to win the gold in Edinburgh at her first Games, Rivers continued her stellar form to set an Australian and World Junior record in 1971, but missed the 1972 Olympics in Munich due to injury. Returning to defend her Commonwealth Games title in Christchurch in 1974, Rivers was forced into retirement from the sport due to injuries. But made a comeback to throwing and competed in the 1980 and 1984 Olympic Games, while adding a silver medal to her career tally in Brisbane in 1982, before ending her career at the 1986 Commonwealth Games back in Edinburgh, where her career started 16 years earlier.
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