Marlene Mathews

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Marlene Judith Mathews (during their marriages Mathews-Willard and Mathews-O'Shea ; born February 14, 1934 in Sydney ) is a former Australian athlete and Olympic third party.

At the Olympic Games in Melbourne in 1956 , she won the bronze medal in the 100-meter run behind the Australian Betty Cuthbert (gold) and the German Christa Stubnick (silver). She also won bronze in the 200-meter run behind Cuthbert (gold) and Stubnick (silver).

On March 20, 1958, she improved the world record over 100 yards to 10.3 seconds and two days later the world record over 220 yards to 23.4 seconds. She ran another world record on January 6, 1957 in the 400-meter run with 57.0 seconds.

In 1958 she married Barry Willard (they later divorced). In 1960 she failed at the Olympic Games in Rome over 100 m in the semi-finals and then retired from the sport.

A few years later, she began to work as a sports official, trained as a coach and became assistant manager of the Australian team at the 1972 Olympic Games . In 1985 she was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame .

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  1. ^ The Sport Australia Hall of Fame: Athlete Members - Marlene Mathews