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Last Updated: Tuesday, 17 February, 2004, 08:36 GMT
Olympic legend dies
Shirley da la Hunty at the Sydney Olympics
De la Hunty won gold at the 1952 and 1956 Games
Triple Olympic gold medallist Shirley de la Hunty has died aged 79.

Competing under the name Shirley Strickland, she won seven Olympic athletics medals during her career - more than any other Australian.

She triumphed in the 80-metre hurdles in 1952 and 1956, when she also took gold in the 4x100m relay.

"Shirley was a legend of the track," said Australian Olympic Commitee president John Coates.

"She was one of our greatest-ever Olympians.

"We extend our deepest sympathy to Shirley's family. When she finished running Shirley made a significant contribution to sport as a coach and an administrator."

De la Hunty's achievements still stand as the most successful by an Australian track-and-field athlete in Olympic history.

She is survived by four children and 15 grandchildren.

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