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Betty Cuthbert - Famous Athlete
Full Name: Elizabeth Cuthbert; known as Betty Cuthbert
Date of Birth: 20 th April, 1938
Sport involved in: Athletics
Career: Betty Cuthbert started her career as a sprinter in high school. At the age of 18, Betty made the world record in the 200 meter sprint. Cuthbert's first appearance at the Olympics was in the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games . In the Games, Cuthbert won three gold medals in the 100 meter sprint, 200 meter sprint and 4x100 meter relay events. Cuthbert appeared in the 1960 Rome Summer Olympics . She could not win any title in this Olympics. After her disappointing performance at the 1960 Olympics, Cuthbert retired from the sports. After the short absence Cuthbert returned to the tracks in the 1962 Commonwealth Games. In her athletic career between 1956 and 1964, Cuthbert had set or equaled 18 world records in the 60meter, 100 yards, 220 yards, 200 meter, 400meter sprint events and in the 4x100 meter and 4x220 meter relays. In the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games , she competed in the 400 meter event, which was included in the program for the first time. Cuthbert won her fourth Gold medal in the Olympics by winning in the event. After the 1964 Games, she retired from athletics. In 2000, Cuthbert became the bearer of the Olympic Torch at the opening ceremony of the Sydney Summer Games.
Performance at the Olympics: Betty Cuthbert first participated at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games at the age of 18. In the Games, she won two gold medals in the 100 meter and 200 meter sprint events. Cuthbert also was a member of the old winning Australian team in the 4x100 meter relay event. For her achievements in the Games, she was called the â€œGolden Girlâ€ by the Australian crowd. In the 1960 Rome Summer Games , Cuthbert had to withdraw after one race because of a hamstring injury. Cuthbert returned to the Olympic tracks at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games . This time, she won the 400 meter Olympic title. Cuthbert is the only Olympic sprinter to win gold medals in the 100 meter, 200 meter and 400 meter sprint events.
Team USA defeated team Serbia to win its third straight basketball gold medal in Men’s Basketball tournament. The winning team’s coach Mike Krzyzewski was utmost delighted with his team’s victory on the final day of Rio 2016 Olympic Games. USA won by a 19-15 lead and this is their 25th straight victory at the Olympic Games in addition to the 15th straight victory in the basketball tournament.
Mo Farah of Great Britain has bagged the gold by winning the 5000 meters final and completed the double double. According to media reports, with this victory Farah has become the second man in the history of Olympics to be able to successfully defend his 5000 and 10000 Olympic championships. His victory is being hailed on Twitter with some calling him the greatest long distance runner of all time. Meanwhile, the silver medal has gone to Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo and Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia has bagged the bronze.
In the women's event, Caster Semenya of South Africa won the Olympic gold in the 800m. She won in one minute 55.28 seconds. Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi won the silver medal and Kenya's Margaret Nyairera Wambui bagged the bronze.
Chen Long of China has taken gold medal in the Rio Olympics 2016 after defeating Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, who has won a silver in men’s badminton today. Lee was facing pressure not to lose the match. He beat Lin Dan of China in the semi-final. Lee and Lin, both are considered to be the best players of their time. With Lee’s defeat, Malaysia has missed out the chance of getting an Olympic gold medal.
Italy came up with a win and is heading to men's volleyball final against Brazil, after defeating USA. The US men's volleyball team tried all their survival skills, but could not stand in front of Italy. The winning team's thriller was 30-28, 26-28, 9-25, 25-22, 15-9. After it was over, US coach John Speraw said that the team was not skilled enough and they did not execute on some of the opportunities, which Italy flawlessly did
French boxer Estelle Mossely celebrated her 24th birthday by winning a gold medal in Women’s lightweight boxing championship. She defeated China’s Yin Junhua after the end of four rounds that had the two defending champions leveled on the scorecards of three judges. The bronze medals were earned by Mira Potkonen of Finland and Anastasia Beliakova of Russia.