19 November 2013
The legendary track & fielder and first Australian woman to win Olympic gold has been inducted into the IAAF Hall of Fame.
The International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) Council inducted Ms Jackson Nelson alongside fellow Australian track and field icon Betty Cuthbert.
The induction caps a remarkable life in sport and service to the community, and is a fitting tribute to an individual who’s given so much to sport and the community.
Known throughout Australia as the ‘Lithgow Flash’, she became the first Australian woman to win an Olympic gold medal when she took the 100 and 200 metre sprints at the Helsinki Olympic Games in 1952.
In the 200 metres, she set a new world record of 23.4 seconds in her semi-final, breaking the previous world mark that had stood for 17 years and becoming the first Australian to set a track and field world record.
Her work for the community has been as inspirational as her sporting achievements. Since the death from leukaemia of her husband Peter – himself an Olympic cyclist – Marjorie has raised millions of dollars for research into the disease. She also served with distinction as South Australia’s Governor from November 2001 to July 2007.
The IAAF Hall of Fame criteria requires at least two Olympic or world titles and at least one world record.