Thursday, August 2, 2012

London 1948 Olympian dies shy of 2012 event

From the Maitland Mercury report:
The late John Treloar was the businessman behind Maitland’s first major manufacturing plant, Treloar Enterprises.
Mr Treloar, of Sydney, a former Australian sprinter who came close to winning the Olympic men’s 100m, died this week at the age of 84.

He came sixth at the 1952 Helsinki Games but his hand-held clocking of 10.5 seconds placed him only a 10th of a second behind the winner, Lindy Remigino of the United States.
He competed in the post-war Olympics in London in 1948 where he reached the semi-finals of the 100m and 200m events.
He was a triple gold medallist at the 1950 Auckland Empire Games and was regarded as one of Australia’s greatest sprinters.

Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates described Treloar “as a wonderful athlete and an even greater man”.

Full article by Rebecca Berry available at Maitland Mercury,