Ron Clarke AO MBE
Ron Clarke (athletics) is regarded as one of Australia’s finest athletes. Competing at three Commonwealth Games, Clarke won four silver medals across the Perth, Kingston and Edinburgh Games in the three and six mile events. As a promising middle distance runner, Clarke was chosen to light the flame at the opening ceremony of the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne. Becoming one of the world’s best long-distance runners in the 1960s, Clarke was notable for setting seventeen world records and winning a bronze medal in the 10,000m at the 1964 Olympics. An inaugural member of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, Clarke was mayor of the Gold Coast from 2004 to 2012 and played a significant role in the city’s successful bid for the Gold Coast 2018 games. Unfortunately, Ron Clarke passed away in 2015 and did not get to see the hugely successful home Games.
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