WATCH: Freeman’s 400m Stawell wins

Cathy Freeman winning the 400m at the 1996 Stawell Gift.

THE Stawell Gift is one of the highlights of the Easter long weekend. And there’s sure to be more memorable runs recorded on Monday to go with those that have come before.

But back in 1995, some five-and-a-half years before Cathy Freeman made history at Sydney Olympic Park claiming the gold medal in the 400m, she won an incredible Stawell Gift.

Heavily handicapped in the race, coming from 54 metres behind, Freeman mowed down the opposition to cruise to victory.

It was a huge effort but synonymous with how the Australian public remembers the athlete.

WATCH the 1995 race

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The year Freeman returned to Stawell and with just as a big a handicap, she didn’t do it as easy as the previous year.

But a true champion she fought to the end for victory.

WATCH the 1996 race

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The Stawell Gift has been held in all but four years since 1878, and is one of the world’s most famous and prestigious foot races.

Run on grass, athletes are handicapped according to form and ability, and start off varying marks accordingly.

The main race is the Stawell Gift which is run over 120m up a slight gradient, and the final is traditionally held on Easter Monday.

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Originally published as WATCH: Freeman’s 400m Stawell wins

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