Cathy Freeman

Australian Sprinter

Catherine Astrid Salome "Cathy" Freeman, OAM is a former Australian sprinter, who specialised in the 400 metres event. She became the Olympic champion for the women's 400 metres at the 2000 Summer Olympics, at which she lit the Olympic Flame. Freeman was the first ever Aboriginal Commonwealth Games gold medalist at age 16 in 1990. 1994 was her breakthrough season. At the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Canada, Freeman won gold in both the 200 m and 400 m.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Cathy Freeman.


1973 Birth Born on February 16, 1973.
1978 5 Years Old Her parents divorced in 1978. … Read More


1987 - 1988 2 More Events
1989 16 Years Old In a competition in 1989, Freeman ran 11.67s in the 100 metres and Danila began to think about entering her in the Commonwealth Games Trials in Sydney.
In 1990, Freeman was chosen as a member of Australia's 4 × 100 m relay team for the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland, New Zealand. … Read More
1992 19 Years Old Also in 1992 she travelled to her first Olympic Games, reaching the second round of her new specialty event; the 400 metres.


1993 20 Years Old At the 1993 World Championships in Athletics Freeman competed in the 200 m, reaching the semi-finals.
1994 was Freeman's breakthrough season, when she entered into the world's elite for the first time.
1995 22 Years Old Although a medal favourite at the 1995 World Championships in Athletics in Sweden, Freeman finished fourth. … Read More
…  She also won the silver medal in the 1996 Olympics and came first at the 1997 World Championships, in the 400 m event. … Read More
1997 - 1998 2 More Events
She returned from injury in form with a first place in the 400 m at the 1999 World Championships. … Read More
…  She became the Olympic champion for the women's 400 metres at the 2000 Summer Olympics, at which she lit the Olympic Flame.
2001 28 Years Old …  Freeman did not compete during the 2001 season.
In 2002, she returned to the track to compete as a member of Australia's victorious 4 × 400 m relay team at the 2002 Commonwealth Games. … Read More


2006 33 Years Old In October 2006 Freeman announced her engagement to Melbourne stockbroker James Murch. They married at Spray Farm on the Bellarine Peninsula on 11 April 2009.
2008 35 Years Old In 2008, Freeman participated in Who Do You Think You Are? and discovered that her mother was of Chinese and English heritage as well as Aboriginal. … Read More
2011 38 Years Old Freeman gave birth to Ruby Anne Susie March on 8 July 2011. … Read More
2012 39 Years Old Since retiring from athletics Freeman has become involved in a range of community and charitable activities. She was an Ambassador of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation until 2012.


2014 41 Years Old Freeman was appointed as an Ambassador for Cottage by the Sea, alongside celebrity chef Curtis Stone and big wave surfer Jeff Rowley. Freeman retired from her position as Patron after 10 years in 2014. … Read More
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