John Treloar (athlete)

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John Treloar
John Treloar 1948b.jpg
Treloar receives a prize from Lord Burghley in 1948
Personal information
Born 19 January 1928
Lindfield, New South Wales, Australia
Died 23 July 2012 (aged 84)
Taren Point, New South Wales, Australia
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 100 m, 200 m
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 100 m – 10.5 (1948)
200 m – 21.1y (1946)[1]

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 100 m final at the 1952 Summer Olympics finishing sixth – just 0.1 s behind the winner – in the closest finish in Olympic history.[2]

In his career, Treloar won a total of six Australian championships at 100 or 220 yards.[3]

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."[4]

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."[5]

Treloar was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2001.[6]

In 2011, his old school, North Sydney Boys High School named their recently refurbished gymnasium in his honour.[7]

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".[8]

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


  1. ^ John Treloar.
  2. ^ Barlow, Karen (28 July 2007). "Treloar reflects back to 1952 Olympic Games". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 31 July 2007. 
  3. ^ John TRELOAR (NSW). Athletics Australia profile
  4. ^ "Tributes pour in for Olympian Treloar". The Sydney Morning Herald. 24 July 2012. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "It's an honour". Database online. Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 15 December 2011. 
  6. ^ It's an Honour: AM. (11 June 2001). Retrieved on 2016-08-21.
  7. ^ "Team of the week" (Sport items), The Sydney Morning Herald, 10 December 2011, p 20, via accessed 15 December 2011.
  8. ^ "Passing of John Treloar". Press release. Retrieved 24 July 2012.