John Treloar (athlete)

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John Treloar
Medal record
Men's athletics
Competitor for  Australia
Commonwealth Games
Gold medal – first place 1950 Auckland 100 yards
Gold medal – first place 1950 Auckland 220 yards
Gold medal – first place 1950 Auckland 4x110 y relay

John Treloar, AM (19 January 1928 – 23 July 2012) was a track and field athlete, who is considered to have been one of Australia's greatest male sprinters. He was ranked as one of the world's fastest men between 1947 and 1952.

A triple gold medallist at the 1950 British Empire Games, Treloar made the 100m final at the 1952 Summer Olympics finishing sixth – just 0.1 behind the winner – in the closest finish in Olympic history.[1]

In his career, Treloar won a total of six Australian championships at 100 or 220 yards.[2]

Treloar died on 23 July 2012. His son notified the Australian Olympic Committee of his father's death on 23 July; in this notification he stated that "Dad passed away exactly as he ran. Quickly."[3]

Awards and other honours[edit]

In 2000, Treloar was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for "(o)utstanding service as an Olympic athlete and since then as an administrator and event organiser."[4]

Treloar was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2001.[5]

In 2011, his old school, North Sydney Boys High School named their recently refurbished gymnasium in his honour.[6]

Following Treloar's death, Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Minister for Sport Kate Lundy issued a joint press release which stated that Treloar "will always be remembered as a remarkable trailblazer for athletics in this country".[7]

Treloar's funeral was later held at his old school, North Sydney Boys High School by request of his family.


  1. ^ Barlow, Karen (28 July 2007). "Treloar reflects back to 1952 Olympic Games". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2007-07-31. 
  2. ^ Athletics Australia profile
  3. ^ "Tributes pour in for Olympian Treloar". The Sydney Morning Herald. 24 July 2012. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "It's an honour". Database online. Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 15 December 2011. 
  5. ^ It's an Honour: AM
  6. ^ "Team of the week" (Sport items), The Sydney Morning Herald, 10 December 2011, p 20, via accessed 15 December 2011.
  7. ^ "Passing of John Treloar". Press release. Retrieved 24 July 2012.