Two-time Olympian, Ray Weinberg died last Wednesday at Ballarat, aged 91.

REMEMBERED: former Kerang publican Ray Weinberg was a two-time Olympic hurdler.

REMEMBERED: former Kerang publican Ray Weinberg was a two-time Olympic hurdler.


A FORMER proprietor of one of Kerang's hotels is being remembered for his achievements in athletics.

Two-time Olympian, Ray Weinberg died last Wednesday at Ballarat, aged 91.

One of Australia's finest hurdlers, Mr Weinberg represented Australia at the 1948 London Olympics - resulting in a ninth-place finish in the 110-metre hurdles - and the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games, where he finished sixth in the 110-metre hurdles.

Mr Weinberg also competed in the 4x100-metre relays at both Olympics, where Australia finished seventh and 17th respectively, as well as helping the country to a 13th-place result in the 4x400-metre relay at Helsinki.

Mr Weinberg's appearance at the Helsinki games occurred at the time when he held the world record for the 220-yard hurdles, as well as the Australian record for the 110-metre hurdles - a title he held for 20 years.

The silver medallist in the 100-metre hurdles at the 100-metre hurdles at the 1950 Commonwealth Games in Auckland, Mr Weinberg was a commentator at the 1964 Tokyo and 1980 Moscow Olympics, as well as the national track athletics team in for the 1968 games, held at Mexico City.

An irritating eye condition plagued most of Mr Weinberg's career - an ailment that did not stop him competing.

"It was a condition I had since I was a kid," Mr Weinberg said during an interview with The Northern Times in December 2006. 

"Ulcers used to form on my eyes - the nearest thing to it [today] would be herpes on my face. I virtually have no sight in my left eye. 

"It used to come back periodically and at the most inconvenient times - like Australian championships!"

Mr Weinberg's two Olympic appearances coincided with his time as a Kerang resident.

He and his family lived in the town between 1947 and 1965 - a period that included the time when they managed the Commercial Hotel, now the Kerang Sports and Entertainment Venue.

When in Kerang he trained at the old Alexandra Park trotting track, and fondly described it as a "superb surface." He was a member of the Apex Club of Kerang and a charter member and past president of the Rotary Club of Kerang.

"We enjoyed the years in Kerang," Mr Weinberg said back in 2006.

"It's a very good life there."

He was awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and was made a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia in 2005 for "services to athletics through administrative roles, and as a competitor". The honour was presented by his former team mate and lifelong friend, John Landy, the then Governor of Victoria.

Mr Weinberg is survived by wife Shirley, children Brett, Michelle and Timothy and four grandchildren.

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