The legacy of Betty Cuthbert was still keenly felt by every athlete to wear the green and gold, especially those competing now in London at the world championships who were moved to learn of the death of Australia's greatest athlete, Jess Trengove said.
Athletics Australia President, Mark Arbib, has made the following comments about the "Golden Girl" of the track, who died at age 79.
"It's a very sad day, there's no doubt about it. Betty is an inspiration and her story will continue to inspire Australian athletes for generations to come", Freeman said.
"Athletics Australia, and indeed the Australian athletics community, extend our most honest condolences to Betty's family and friends, including her dedicated carer Rhonda Gillam, at this sad time". She was the first Australian to win triple Olympic gold.
Although injury denied her further glory at the 1960 Games, she won gold in the sprint relay at the 1962 Commonwealth Games in Perth, before landing the 400m at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo.
Tributes have flowed for the former star, who has been remembered as a champion on and off the track.
During her career, Cuthbert set new records for the 600m and 200m sprints and the 100-yard, 220-yard and 440-yard dashes.
"She always regarded that single gold medal of 1964 as a far greater triumph than any of her three in 1956".
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Elizabeth Cuthbert was an inaugural inductees of the IAAF Hall of Fame in 2012 in Barcelona.
She was an Olympic torch bearer at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and grew up in the city's western suburbs.
"Betty was the Golden Girl of the track and a national heroine".
Cuthbert remained strongly religious throughout her life, a quality to which she attributes her fortitude in the face of adversity.
And 400m champion Cathy Freeman.
"I'm so happy I got to meet such a tremendous and gracious role model". In 2004 Ian Thorpe became the only Australian to now have more gold medals than Cuthbert with five.
"Rest in peace Betty Cuthbert - an inspiration and a champion on and off the track", he posted on his official Twitter account. By her mid-fifties, she was confined to a wheelchair and said that said she felt as though a "dark cloud" had crossed her path.