It was 17 years ago today ... when Cathy Freeman stopped the nation

An ecstatic Cathy Freeman, the first Australian to win gold in the women's 400 metres since Betty Cuthbert Photo: Rick Stevens
An ecstatic Cathy Freeman, the first Australian to win gold in the women's 400 metres since Betty Cuthbert Photo: Rick Stevens

Imagine 112,524 people in a sporting arena at one time.

Imagine the majority of them holding their breath.

That’s exactly what happened – for the best part of a minute – when Cathy Freeman won Olympic gold at Olympic Park in 2000.

Now, 17 years later, enjoy Cathy Freeman burning off Jamaica’s Lorraine Graham and Katharine Merry, of Great Britain, to win the 400m gold medal.