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Ron Clarke, Australian Middle Distance Runner (1937-2015)

Ron Clarke, Australian Middle Distance Runner (1937-2015)

Ron Clarke (1937-2015) was an Australian middle-distance runner who broke 10 world records but never won an Olympic medal. He was a promising 19-year-old athlete in 1956 when he lit the cauldron at the Melbourne Olympic Games. He went on to compete at the 1964 and 1968 Olympic Games as well as the Empire (Commonwealth) Games and a number of Australian championships.

Ron Clarke was Mayor of the Gold Coast, Queensland, from 2004 to 2012. He played a major role in establishing the local AFL team, the Gold Coast Suns, and securing the 2018 Commonwealth Games for the Gold Coast. He was appointed Officer of the Order of Australia in 2013.
Champion Australian athlete Ron Clarke
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Champion Australian athlete Ron Clarke
Australian athlete Ron Clarke carries
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Australian athlete Ron Clarke carries
Australian athlete Ron Clarke carries
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Australian athlete Ron Clarke carries
1956 Melbourne Olympic Games. Australian athlete, Ron Clarke, holds aloft the Olympic torch before igniting the cauldron at the opening ceremnony,  22 November 1956.
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1956 Melbourne Olympic Games. Australian athlete, Ron...
Portrait of Ron Clarke, former
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Portrait of Ron Clarke, former
Gold Coast Mayor Ron Clarke
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Gold Coast Mayor Ron Clarke
Gold Coast Mayor Ron Clarke,
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Gold Coast Mayor Ron Clarke,
Ron Clark re-ignites the Olympic
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Ron Clark re-ignites the Olympic
Cathy Freeman, Ron Clarke, Marjorie
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Cathy Freeman, Ron Clarke, Marjorie
Former olympic athlete and businessman
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Former olympic athlete and businessman
Mayor of the Gold Coast
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Mayor of the Gold Coast
Sport. 2000 Sydney Olympics. Australian
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Sport. 2000 Sydney Olympics. Australian
The launch of a new
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The launch of a new
The launch of a new Philanthropic Trust, The Council for the Encouragement of philanthropy in Australia. Pic shows Ron Clarke and Governor Peter Landy who helped launched the Trust.
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The launch of a new Philanthropic Trust, The Council...
Former Olympic athlete and now
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Former Olympic athlete and now
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