Full Name: Catherine Astrid Salome Freeman
Date of Birth: 16 th February, 1973
Sport involved in: Athletics
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.
Athletes from Northern Ireland, who are set to compete in Rio Olympics, have said that concerns over the Zika virus will not prevent them from flying to Brazil. Ryan Seaton (28), a sailor from Carrick; Ciara Mageean (24), a runner from Portaferry, and Aileen Reid (33), a triathlete from Londonderry said that they are well informed about Zika virus and they have taken full precautions to stay safe. All of them are making preparations for the Summer Games.
Heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson qualified for the Rio Olympics after finishing with 6,304 points at the Hypo-Meeting in Austria. Katarina wanted 6,200 points to qualify for Rio Olympics. The 23-year-old British track and field athlete was the champion in 2014. This would be her second participation in Summer Olympics.
Tennis player Novak Djokovic said that cancelling the Rio Olympics "is unthinkable" and he is still preparing to compete at the 2016 Summer Games, despite concerns over Zika virus. Currently the World No.1 tennis player, the Serbian star said that the people should not only be concerned about players going to Rio for the Olympics, but also Brazilians living there. Earlier, the World Health Organization rejected a call from 150 health experts to relocate or postpone the Aug 5-21 Olympics.
Around 150 health experts, including a former White House science adviser, urged the World Health Organization on Friday to consider postponing or moving Rio Olympics because of the Zika outbreak. The experts issued an open letter to the U.N. health agency, citing recent scientific evidence of the devastating impact of Zika virus.
Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova, who was provisionally suspended by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), has been named in the Russian team for the Rio Olympics 2016. Sharapova is barred from participating in any event. Other than Sharapova, three other female players – Svetlana Kuznetsova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, and Darya Kasatkina – were provisionally named by the Russian Tennis Federation (RTF). They will all compete in women's singles event.