Cathy Freeman’s victory at the 2000 Olympics will forever go down as one of the seminal moments in Australian sporting history.
However, Cathy has revealed to Mark Howard on The Howie Games podcast that the moments following the race did not transpire the way the nation thought it did.
As she crossed the line she shook her head and put her hand up to her face and closed her eyes.
Commentator Raelene Boyle put the reaction down to - as most over Australia did - a feeling of relief.
However, Cathy says that she wasn’t overwhelmed but was in fact disappointed in her run.
“Another thing that burns away at me is I know I could have run faster than what I actually have, but that’s fine,” Freeman said to Mark Howard.
“I actually crossed the line, looked across at the time — 49.11 — I was immediately disappointed because I would have loved to have run 48.
“I just remember leaning over, putting my hands around my knees and just shaking my head.”
Howard asked: “So that head shake was disappointment at your time?”
“Yeah,” Freeman replied. “I was not happy."
“It’s a mighty occasion. I don’t mean to sound like a Debbie Downer, but that’s just who I am.”
You can listen to the entire interview on on the Howie Games Podcast.
The Howie Games with Mark Howard is available via the PodcastOne app — which can be downloaded in your app store — or via www.podcastone.com.au/The-Howie-Games.
Future episodes will feature Cadel Evans, Mick Fanning, John Bertrand and Bruce McAvaney.