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Raelene Boyle      
 
One of the greatest sprinters ever. 
 
An australian monument. 
 
There are two women that may be considered some of the greatest spinter ever and that never won a gold medal at Olympic Games: 
 
Raelene Boyle and Merlene Ottey.  
 
Only a bit of luck more...or a bit of drugs less for the other 
athletes.. 
 
Full name: Raelene Ann Boyle 
Gender: Female 
Height: 5'6" (168 cm) 
Weight: 126 lbs (57 kg) 
Born: June 24, 1951 in Coburg, Victoria, Australia 
Affiliations: South Australia 
Country: AUS Australia  
 
EVENT(S): 100m, 200m, 400m, 4x100m, 4x400m 
CHAMPIONSHIP PERFORMANCES: 
Olympics: 1968 silver 200m, 1972 silver 100m, silver 200m. Commonwealth: 1970 & 1974 Gold 100m, Gold 200m, Gold 4x100m, 1978 silver 100m, 1982 Gold 400m, silver 4x400m.  
 
 
Personal Bests: 100 - 11.20 (1968); 200 - 22.45 (1972).   
 
Raelene Ann Boyle, AM, MBE, (born 24 June 1951), Australian athlete, represented Australia at three Olympic Games as a sprinter, winning three silver medals. In 1998, Boyle was named one of 100 National Living Treasures by the National Trust of Australia. 
 
Early life 
Boyle was born on 24 June 1951, the daughter of Gilbert and Irene Boyle, in Coburg, a suburb of Melbourne. She was educated at Coburg High School in Melbourne. 
Sporting career 
After strong performances in the 1968 Australian Championships and Olympic trials, Boyle was selected to represent Australia at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, at the age of 16. At 17, she won a silver medal in the 200 metre sprint and placed 4th in the 100 metres. 
Boyle competed in the 1970 British Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, where she contributed to Australia's number one position on the medal tally with three gold medals, in the 100 and 200 metre sprints and the 4x100 metre relay. 
At the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Boyle collected two more silver medals, in the 100 metre and 200 metre sprints. In both races, she came second to East German Renate Stecher. 
In 1974, at the Christchurch British Commonwealth Games, Boyle duplicated her results at the Edinburgh Games, winning three more gold medals in the same three events. 
At the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, Boyle finished fourth in the final of the 100 metre sprint, but was disqualified from the 200 metre-race for making two false starts. 
Unfortunately, a video replay later showed that she had not false started on her first start. However, Boyle did receive the honour of acting as the flag bearer for the Australian team, the first woman to do so. 
Boyle was unable to replicate her previous Commonwealth success at the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton, winning only a silver medal in the 100 metre sprint before withdrawing from the 200m and relay due to injury.. 
Boyle was selected to compete in the 1980 Olympics in Moscow but eventually withdrew from the team after a long dispute within Australian sporting circles over whether to join the USA led boycott of the Games. 
Her final major competitive appearance was at the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, where she won gold in the 400 metre sprint, and silver in the 4x400 metre relay. 
Through her successful career, Boyle won seven gold and two silver medals at the Commonwealth Games, in addition to her three silver medals at the Olympic Games. 
Some people consider Boyle unlucky not to have won Olympic gold as some athletes who beat her were later revealed to be drug cheats. 
Boyle currently lives on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia with her companion. She sold her 1972 Summer Olympics 100 meters silver medal in 1997 to raise money to pay for her breast cancer treatment. 
Honours 
On 15 June 1974, Boyle was appointed an MBE. Also in 1974, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation selected Boyle as the Sportsperson of the Year. In 1988, Boyle was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame. 25 September 1989 saw her awarded the Douglas Wilkie Medal by the Anti-Football League, for doing the least for football in the best and fairest manner. The Queen's Birthday Honours of 2007 saw her appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia. 
    
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Raelene Boyle signature
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mexico City 1968 100 meters women final start. Raelene is the second one from top
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mexico City 1968 100 meters women final. 
 
Tyus, Boyle and Ferrel
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mexico City 1968 100 meters women final. Raelene is 4th
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mexico City 1968 100 meters women final. Raelene is 4th. 
On the right Chi Cheng from Taiwan and on the left Tyus who won the race
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mexico City 1968 100 meters women final. Raelene is 4th
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mexico City 1968 100 meters women final. Raelene is 4th
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mexico City 1968 200 meters women final. Raelene Boyle and Irena Szewinska
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mexico City 1968 200 meters women final. Raelene takes SILVER
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mexico City 1968 200 meters women final result on the background. 
 
Then Bob Beamon jumped into the legend
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mexico City Olympic games 200 meters women podium: 
 
SILVER 
Raelene Boyle 
 
GOLD 
Irena Szewinska 
 
BRONZE 
Jenny Lamy 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1968 - Raelene Boyle and Sandra Macgregor sport minis, while Paul Guest dons a collar and tie for Mexico City. Photo: Fairfax Archives  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mexico City 1968 4x100 relais women final. Raelene is the blonde one
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mexico City 1968 4x100 relais women final. Raelene is the first one on the left
 
 
 
 
 
 
Edimburgo 1970 -  100 meters Podium  Alice Annum, Raelene Boyle y Marion Hoffman
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Raelene Boyle crosses the line for a silver medal in the 100-metre final, Munich Olympic Games, 1972.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Raelene Boyle crosses the line for a silver medal in the 200-metre final, Munich Olympic Games, 1972.
 
 
 
 
 
Raelene Boyle crosses the line for a silver medal in the 200-metre final, Munich Olympic Games, 1972.
 
 
 
 
 
Raelene Boyle takes the silver medal in the 200-metre final, Munich Olympic Games, 1972.
 
 
 
 
Raelene Boyle  
Munich Olympic Games, 1972. 
N.2, the destiny, but one of the n.1s in the history
 
 
 
 
 
 
Munich 1972 Olympic Games -  100 meters Podium  Renate Stecher, Raelene Boyle
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Munich Olympic Games, 1972. 
Raelene Boyle and one of her silver medal
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
Olympic Games- Montreal 1976, Raelene bears the flag
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Montreal 1976 100 meters women final. Raelene is 4th
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Montreal 1976 100 meters women final. Raelene is 4th
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Raelene and Betty Cuthbert bearing the torch during the opening cerimony of Sidney 2000 Olympic Games
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Raelene 40th years later