The Stride - Public Art

Couple walking Photo: PK Robbins Every day - Cathy Freeman Park
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The eyes of Australia were on Cathy Freeman when she won gold in the women’s athletics 400 metres final at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Cathy’s win brought Australia its 100th Olympic gold medal, and for many the race was a symbolic victory for reconciliation.

The Stride, a line of lights set in the pathway leading to the Cauldron, represent the points of impact as her feet drove her towards the finish line.

Visitors to the Park are often seen trying to match her extraordinary gold medal winning strides as they replicate her steps along the artwork. The table below gives the details of Cathy
Freeman’s strides:


Distance Metres 100 200 300 400
Speed kilometres per hour 28.27 30.56 29.85 27.75
Split Seconds 12.30 24.08 36.15 49.11
Average stride metres 2.17 2.32 2.22 2.25


Location: Southern part of Cathy Freeman Park

Artist/Designer: Alexander Tzannes Associates

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