Footage resurfaces of Cathy Freeman overcoming a 54metre handicap to win a ...

How Cathy Freeman's Olympic gold was her SECOND best race: Old footage resurfaces of Indigenous icon overcoming a 54metre handicap and an elbow in the ribs to win a 400metre sprint Footage shows moment Cathy Freeman overcame a handicap to win 400m race Freeman came first at the 1996 Stawell Gift with a time of 50.54 seconds The sprinter copped an elbow to the ribs from an opponent during the dash 

By Zoe Zaczek For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 03:01 BST, 16 September 2020 | Updated: 03:02 BST, 16 September 2020

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Cathy Freeman overcame a 54metre handicap and an elbow in the ribs to win a 400metre dash - four years before her iconic gold medal at the Sydney Olympic Games. 

Resurfaced footage shared to Twitter on Monday showed the moment Freeman overcame the handicap to overtake her competitors at the 1996 Stawell Gift.

'Is it possible that Sydney 2000 was Cathy Freeman's second biggest triumph behind the '96 Stawell Gift?' Adam Zwar wrote on Twitter. 

'She started 54 metres behind the field and got elbowed in the final straight. If you haven't seen this, you need to.'

Cathy Freeman celebrates after winning gold at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games

Cathy Freeman celebrates after winning gold at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games

Freeman appeared to cop an elbow in the ribs after she bumped shoulders with a fellow sprinter during the main straight of the race.   

'I feel bad for saying that Cathy got 'elbowed'. On further inspection, the runners seem to bump shoulders. Happens all the time. No villains here,' Mr Zwar added. 

Freeman came in first at 50.54 seconds. In 1995, Freeman won

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