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McCann, Kerryn (1967 - 2008)

2 May 1967
Bulli, New South Wales, Australia
8 December 2008
Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
Commonwealth or Empire Games Gold Medalist and Track and Field Athlete
Alternative Names
  • Hindmarsh, Kerryn (birth)


Kerryn McCann won Commonwealth gold medals in the marathon at Melbourne in 2006 and Manchester in 2002. Her win in the 2006 games was extrememly exciting with the lead changing six times in the final two kilometres of the race, before McCann pulled clear in the final two hundred metres around the athletics track inside the Melbourne Cricket Ground. McCann described the race as "probably the greatest victory I've ever had, or the greatest race I've ever run'.

In August 2007, McCann was diagnosed with breast cancer and passed away in December of 2008.



Gold Medalist at Manchester Commonwealth Games - Athletics - Marathon
Gold Medalist at Melbourne Commonwealth Games - Athletics - Marathon

Sources used to compile this entry: 'Marathon runner McCann dies', ABC News Online, ABC Online, 2008,; Harrison, Dan, 'McCann Wins Marathon', The Age, John Fairfax, 2006,

Nikki Henningham

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