If ever an Australian athlete deserved an Olympic gold medal, it was Pam Kilborn Ryan. As Pam Kilborn, she finished a close third in the 80m hurdles at Tokyo 1964. Four years later, as Pam Ryan, she was somewhat surprisingly beaten into second place by Australia's Maureen Caird at Mexico City 1968. A further four years saw her finish fourth in the inaugural staging of the 100m hurdles at Munich 1972. During her career she won eighteen individual Australian titles, six gold medals at the Empire and Commonwealth Games (Perth 1962, Kingston 1966 and Edinburgh 1970) and set or equalled a number of world records. Her time of 12.93 seconds for the 100m hurdles in June 1972 stood for almost 35 years as the best by an Australian until Sally McLellan ran 12.71 seconds in May 2007.