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Tuesday, 20 February, 2001, 11:48 GMT
Freeman wants stolen suit back
Cathy Freeman
Freeman's suit was stolen during the opening ceremony
Cathy Freeman's memories of lighting the Olympic Flame at the Sydney Games have been tarnished by the theft of her costume - and she wants the white catsuit back.

The figure-hugging outfit was stolen shortly after Australia's Olympic 400m champion had ignited the cauldron during the opening ceremony.

The special suit, reportedly worth up to $26,000, was soaked during the ceremony and Freeman changed out of the costume after fears she could become ill from exposure in the night air.

She was given a replica suit by the Sydney Olympics organisers, but wants the original back as a keepsake.

It was a monumental occasion and it is something she would like to get back
  Gavin Davis, Freeman's spokesman

"It got wet during the process and it had to be changed," said Freeman's spokeman, Gavin Davis.

"After that it appears that the suit was stolen and its whereabouts are unknown.

"It was a monumental occasion and it is something she would like to get back.

"She felt the suit was a memento of the occasion."

Freeman, an Australian Aborigine, has become the darling of Australian sport and received international acclaim for her sporting achievements.

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