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Cathy Freeman - Famous Athlete
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.
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.