OLYMPIC 'Golden Girl' Betty Cuthbert has died after a long battle with multiple sclerosis.
Born in Merrylands in 1938, at the age of 18 she became an Olympic super star after winning three gold medals at the 1956 Melbourne Games.
Setting an extraordinary nine world records during her sporting career and added a fourth Olympic gold at the Tokyo Games in 1964, Premier Gladys Berejiklian paid tribute to her advocacy for multiple sclerosis funding and research as well as he sporting achievements describing her as a "pioneer for women in sport".
"Betty retired after Tokyo, but returned to the Olympic arena as a torchbearer at the opening ceremony in 2000 for the Sydney Games," Ms Berejiklian said.
"Accompanied by Raelene Boyle she carried the Olympic flame into the main stadium - a defining moment in what was a remarkable time in Sydney's history."