Lorraine Moller

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Lorraine Moller
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Moller in 1984
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Born (1955-06-01) 1 June 1955 (age 66)
Putāruru, New Zealand
Coached by John Davies

Lorraine Mary Moller MBE (born 1 June 1955) is a former athlete from New Zealand, who competed in track athletics and later specialised in the marathon. Moller's international career lasted over 20 years and included winning a silver medal in the marathon at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh and a bronze medal in the marathon at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona at the age of 37. [1] A four-time Olympian, she also completed the marathon at the 1984, 1988 and 1996 games. Her other marathon victories included the 1984 Boston Marathon and being a three-time winner (1986,87,89) of the Osaka International Ladies Marathon.


Moller was married to fellow Olympian Ron Daws [2] and coached by John Davies.

Track career

Moller's first international competition was the 1974 British Commonwealth Games at Christchurch, where she finished fifth in the 800 m. Her time of 2:03.63 was her lifetime best and is still the fastest ever by a New Zealand junior (under 20) woman. [3]

Although Moller ran her first marathon in 1979, there were no sanctioned marathons for females at an international athletics competition until 1984. Moller was instead selected for both the 1500 m and 3000 m at the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, winning bronze medals for both events.

In 1985 Moller broke the New Zealand 1500 m record, running 4:10.35 at Brussels. In 1986 at the Commonwealth Games, as well as the marathon (see below), she competed in the 3000 m, finishing fifth.

In the 1993 New Year Honours, Moller was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire, for services to athletics. [4]

As of June 2008, Moller ranked in the all-time top ten in New Zealand for the 1500 m, mile, 3000 m and 5000 m. She also ranked 11th for the 10,000 m.

Personal Bests:

800 m2:03.631974Christchurch
1500 m4:10.351985Brussels
3000 m8:51.781983
5000 m15:35.751985
10000 m32:40.171988

Marathon career

Moller ran her first marathon on 23 June 1979, winning Grandma's Marathon in Duluth, Minnesota in 2:37:37. The time was the fastest ever by a New Zealander and the sixth-fastest ever run by a woman. [5] She then won her next 7 marathons.

She was a triple winner of the Osaka Ladies Marathon, and in 1984 won the Boston Marathon. [6]

All of Moller's appearances at the Olympic Games were in the marathon. Her full records are:

She also won the silver medal at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, running 2:28:17, her lifetime best.

In 2012 she was inducted into the Boulder (Colorado) Sports Hall of Fame. She has worked with the Lydiard Foundation and the Master Plan training system to share the lessons of running coach Arthur Lydiard. [7]


Representing Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
1974 Commonwealth Games Christchurch, New Zealand5th800 m2:03.63
1979 Grandma's Marathon Duluth, United States 1stMarathon2:37:37
1980 Grandma's Marathon Duluth, United States 1stMarathon2:38:35
1981 Grandma's Marathon Duluth, United States 1stMarathon2:29:35
1982 Commonwealth Games Brisbane, Australia 3rd1500 m4:12.67
3rd3000 m8:55.76
London Marathon London, England 2ndMarathon2:36:15
1984 Boston Marathon Boston, United States 1stMarathon2:29:28
Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States 5thMarathon2:28:54
1986 Osaka Ladies Marathon Osaka, Japan 1stMarathon2:30:24
Commonwealth Games Edinburgh, Scotland 5th3000 m9:03.89
1987 Osaka Ladies Marathon Osaka, Japan 1stMarathon2:30:40
World Championships Rome, Italy 21st10,000 m 34:07.26
1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 33rdMarathon2:37:52
1989 Osaka Ladies Marathon Osaka, Japan 1stMarathon2:30:21
Hokkaido Marathon Sapporo, Japan 1stMarathon2:36:39
1991 Hokkaido Marathon Sapporo, Japan 1stMarathon2:33:20
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 3rdMarathon2:33:59
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 46thMarathon 2:42:21


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