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Medal record Women's athletics Competitor for  Australia Commonwealth Games Gold 1966 Kingston 100 yards Gold 1966 Kingston 220 yards Gold 1966 Kingston 4x110y relay Dianne Burge (née Bowering), (born 9 October 1943) is a former Australian sprinter who competed in two Olympic Games and won three gold medals at the Commonwealth Games. She was awarded the title South Australian 'Athlete of the Century' by Athletics South Australia. Contents 1 Early Athletics Career 2 International Athletics Career 3 Awards 4 Statistics 5 References Early Athletics Career In 1963, Adelaide sprinter, Diane Bowering, won the Australian 100 yard Championships in an upset.[1] She was virtually unknown outside of her home state but ended the year ranked as #3 in the world.[2] She competed for Adelaide Harriers and was coached by Len Barnes who nicknamed her 'the twerp'[3] International Athletics Career A year later, Bowering ran second in the national 100y title and earned a place in the Australian team for the 1964 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo. At the Games, she did not progress past the second round of the 100 metres, but made the final of the 4x100 metres relay with the Australian team.[4] Now married and running as Dianne Burge, she starred in the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica, winning gold medals at 100 yards, 220 yards and in the 4x110 yards relay.[4] At the end of the year, she was world ranked #6 for 100 metres[2] and #5 for 200 metres.[5] In 1967, she won the 100 m and 200 m at the United States versus British Commonwealth meet in Los Angeles, beating Olympic champion Wyomia Tyus[1] and was ranked #2 in the world for 100 m[2] and #3 for 200 m[5] by Track and Field News. Burge won the sprint double at the 1968 Australian Championships, running fast times of 11.3 and 23.0[4] with the 100 metres time a new Australian record. Considered a medal favourite at the Mexico Olympics, she was affected by illness in Mexico City and did well to make the 100 metres final, placing sixth.[1] She was ranked sixth in the world for 100 metres,[2] when she retired from the sport in early 1969.[1] Awards Burge was awarded the inaugural Sportswomen's Association of Australia (SA Division) 'Sportswoman of the Year' award in 1966.[6] She was named as the 'Athlete of the Century' by Athletics South Australia.[3] Statistics Personal Bests[1] Event Time Wind Place Date 60 m 7.2 - Brisbane, Australia 13 March 1968 100 y 10.4 - Sydney, Australia 18 March 1966 Automatic 10.58 +0.1 Kingston, Jamaica 8 August 1966 100 m 11.2 - Mexico City, Mexico 4 October 1968 Automatic 11.33 +1.8 Mexico City, Mexico 14 October 1968 200 m 23.0 - Adelaide, Australia 10 March 1968 Automatic 23.65 0.0 Mexico City, Mexico 17 March 1968 220 y 23.73 0.0 Kingston, Jamaica 11 August 1966 World Rankings - 100 m[2] and 200 m[5] Year 100 m 200 m 1963 3 - 1964 - - 1965 - - 1966 6 5 1967 3 2 1968 6 - Australian Championships Record[4] Year 100y/100 m 220y/200 m 1963 1 DNQ 1964 2 DNQ 1965 3 1 1966 2 5 1967 1 DNQ 1968 1 1 DNQ=Did not qualify for final (only six athletes per final in this era) References ^ a b c d e Athletics Gold profile ^ a b c d e Track & Field News World Rankings - 100 metres ^ a b Australian Broadcasting Corporation - Peter Goers' interview with Di Burge. ^ a b c d Athletics Australia profile ^ a b c Track & Field News World Rankings - 200 metres ^ Australian Women biographical profile - Dianne Burge v · d · eAustralian National Champions in Women's 100 m  1967 – 1968: Dianne Burge  •  1969: Jenny Lamy  •  1970 – 1973: Raelene Boyle  •  1974 – 1975: Denise Boyd  •  1976 – 1977: Raelene Boyle  •  1978: Debbie Wells  •  1979 – 1980: Denise Boyd  •  1981: Debbie Wells  •  1982: Helen Davey  •  1983: Diane Holden  •  1984: Debbie Wells  •  1985: Jenny Flaherty and Diane Holden  •  1986 – 1987: Diane Holden  •  1988: Jane Flemming  •  1989: Sue Broadrick  •  1990: Jane Flemming  •  1991: Monique Dunstan  •  1992 – 1993: Melinda Gainsford-Taylor  •  1994: Gwen Torrence (USA)  •  1995: Melinda Gainsford-Taylor  •  1996: Cathy Freeman  •  1997 – 1998: Melinda Gainsford-Taylor  •  1999: Lauren Hewitt  •  2000: Melinda Gainsford-Taylor  •  2001 – 2002: Lauren Hewitt  •  2003: Sharon Cripps  •  2004: Gloria Kemasuode (NGR)  •  2005 – 2007: Sally McLellan  •  2008: Fiona Cullen  •  2009: Sally McLellan Persondata Name Burge, Dianne Alternative names Short description Date of birth 9 October 1943 Place of birth Date of death Place of death