Australian Olympian Betty “Golden Girl” Cuthbert has died aged 79.
At just 18, Cuthbert broke onto the world stage for winning gold in the 100 and 200-metre sprints at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics.
It was the first of four Olympic gold medals throughout her career. She went onto win in the 4x100m relay team at the same Olympics – making her the first Australian to be a triple gold medallist.
And, although she was injured and did not compete at the following Olympics, she bounced back and won a fourth gold medal in the 400-metre event in the 1964 Tokyo Games.
She remains the only athlete, man or woman, to win Olympic gold in the track and field 100m, 200m and 400m, AAP reports. She set nine world records during her career, and one still stands.