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Australian Sport Hall of Fame

Australian Sport Hall of Fame

Cricket great Shane Warne and champion runner Ron Clarke have been elevated in the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.

Warne, who died earlier this year and Clarke, who died in 2015, have been given “legend” status, the Hall of Fame announced tonight.

Warne was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2009 as an athlete member, praised for transforming and popularising the art of leg-spin bowling, taking 708 wickets from his 145 Tests.

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Clarke was one of the 120 inaugural athlete members to be officially inducted in 1985.

He was one of the world’s greatest distance runners, etching his name into Australian sporting history with his record-breaking achievements, determination and grace and humility, Hall of Fame bosses said.

The Hall of Fame said legend status was the “most prestigious sporting honour that can be bestowed on an Australian”.

“Shane Warne and Ron Clarke are the true definition of Legends. Inspirations to all Australians,” Sport Australia Hall of Fame legend and chair John Bertrand said

“We are thrilled to announce their well-deserved elevation to Legend status within the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.

“They symbolise everything that is great about sport in Australia.”

Sport Australia Hall of Fame members must be retired for 15 years before being considered for elevation to legend status.

The annual elevation of legend is voted by the Sport Australia Hall of Fame board based on recommendations by the selection committee.