1964 Olympic Games Women's 400m Gold Medal, won by Betty Cuthbert

Object Type
Trophies and awards/Medal/Gold medal
Date Used
1964
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Brief Description
Gold medal awarded to Betty Cuthbert for the inaugural Women's 400 m at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Having made a successful comeback from retirement, this was the last Olympic medal won by Cuthbert, who finally retired from international competition after these Games. She described this race as the 'only perfect race I have ever run'. This medal was one of 6 gold medals won by Australia at the 1964 Olympic Games. In the heat for this race, Cuthbert had run just fast enough to qualify for the semi-finals. In the draw for the final, she received the lane she wanted, number two, with most of her opposition across the track outside her. She started explosively, passing her Australian team-mate Judy Amoore (Pollock). Over the last 100m, she drew on all her reserves, and all her sprinting capacity winning the race in 52.01 seconds. The medal is affixed to a colourful striped ribbon.
Measurements
0 - Whole: H: 65 W: 65 D: 4mm (H: 2 9/16 W: 2 9/16 D: 3/16")
Media/Materials
Date Used
1964
Location
In storage
Registration No
1986.275

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