Full Name: Catherine Astrid Salome Freeman
Date of Birth: 16 th February, 1973
Sport involved in: Athletics
Silver medalist in the 100 meter sprint event at the 1990 Australian Championships
Winner of Gold medal in the 100 meter sprint event at the 1994 and 1996 Australian Championships
Gold medalist in the 200 meter sprint event at the 1990, 1991, 1994, 1996 and 2000 Australian Championships
Silver medalist in the 200 meter sprint event at the 1992, 1993, 1995 and 1997 Australian Championships
Member of the champion Australian team in the 4x100 meter relay event at the 1990 Commonwealth Games
Winner of bronze medal in the 400 meter event at the 1992 Australian Championships
Silver medalist in the 200 meter event at the 1992 World Junior Championships
Winner of silver medal in the 4x100 meter relay event at the 1994 Commonwealth Games
Gold medalist in the 200 meter and 400 meter events at the 1994 Commonwealth Games
Silver medalist in the 400 meter event in the 1994 IAAF Grand Prix Final
Winner of Gold medal in the 400 meter event at the 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2003 Australian Championships
Member of bronze medal winning team in the 4x400 meter relay at the 1995 IAAF World Championships
Silver medalist in the 400 meter event at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics
Winner of Gold medal in the 400 meter event at the 1997 and 1999 IAAF World Championships
Silver medalist in the 400 meter event at the 1999 World Indoor Championships
Winner of Gold medal in the 400 meter event at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games
Gold medalist in the 400 meter event thrice in the Golden League 2000
Gold medal winner in the 200 meter event in the Golden League 2000
Winner of Gold medal in the 400 meter event thrice in the Grand Prix 2000
Gold medal winner in the 200 meter event in the Grand Prix 2000
Member of the champion team in the 4x400 meter relay event at the 2002 Commonwealth Games
Career: Cathy Freeman entered the world of competitive athletics in late 1989. Freeman won medals in 100 meter, 200 meter and 400 meter events in the Australian championships between 1990 and 2003. She won silver medal in the 100 meter sprint event in the 1990 Australian Championships. Freeman won Gold in the event twice in 1994 and 1996 Championships. Freeman won nine medals in the 200 meter event in the Australian Championships, including five Gold and four silver medals. She also won seven medals in the 400 meter event in the Australian Championships, among which six were Gold medals. Freeman was the 400 meter world champion in 1997 and 1999. In the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games , Freeman won silver medal in the 400 meter event. Freeman's second appearance at the Olympics was in the 2000 Sydney Summer Games . This time she won her only Olympic Gold in the 400 meter event. Freeman also lit the Olympic Flame in opening ceremony of the Games. With this, she became the only person to light the Olympic Flame and win a Gold medal in the Same Summer Games. between 2000 and 2003, Freeman won several Gold medals in the Golden League and Grand Prix. In 2003, she announced her retirement from the field of competitive running.
Performance at the Olympics: Cathy Freeman appeared at the Olympics for the first time in the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games . In the 400 meter event, Freeman reached the finishing line in 48.63 seconds and won silver medal in the event. She became the first Aborigine to win a medal in an individual event. In her second appearance at the Olympics in 2000, Freeman entered as a favorite for the title. In the 2000 Sydney Olympics , she had a clear victory in the 400 meter event. Freeman finished the 200 meter race and 4x400 meter relay in seventh and fifth place respectively.
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