Betty Cuthbert, the only runner to win Olympic gold medals in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter sprints, has died following a long battle with multiple sclerosis.
Cuthbert was dubbed Australia's "Golden Girl" by media after her performance at the Melbourne Olympics.
"It's very sad to lose such a great champion".
The Australian Olympic Committee extends our condolences to the Cuthbert family, her friends, her carer Rhonda Gillam and a nation that idolised the track great.
Cuthbert won hearts around the country after taking home three gold medals at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, and a fourth at the 1964 Tokyo games.
Cuthbert then combined with Shirley de la Hunty, Norma Fleming (Croker) and Fleur Wenham (Mellor) to win the 4x100m relay while setting a new world record.
In 1956 at the Melbourne Olympics, aged 18, Cuthbert won three gold medals.
"She will be forever remembered as a legend of the sport and a trailblazer for our female athletes".
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She is also a member of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame and the Athletics Australia Hall of Fame.
"She just needed to talk to a fatherly figure and that cemented a huge friendship that has continued right through between us".
She was the main guest when the Olympic torch relay passed through Mandurah in 2000.
During her career, she set world records at 60m, 100 yards, 200m, 220 yards and 440 yards, and remains the only Olympian to have won gold in all sprint events.
"Betty was a true inspiration and role model to all Australians", he said in a statement.
JANA PITTMAN, two-time 400m hurdles world champion (told Fox Sports): "She was an icon for our sport". She was content to withdraw from the public eye until one day in 1962 she received a message from God that she should compete in the Tokyo Games.
"Rest in peace Betty Cuthbert - an inspiration and a champion on and off the track", tweeted Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, while fellow track legend Cathy Freeman said: "Thank you for the inspirational memories, Betty Cuthbert". "I think there is a reason why I have MS and that is to inspire other people who are suffering from the disease", she said.