Yvonne Murray

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Yvonne Murray
Medal record
Women's Athletics
Representing Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
Olympic Games
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 1988 Seoul 3,000 m
World Indoor Championships
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1993 Toronto 3000 m
World Cup
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1989 Barcelona 3000 m
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1994 London 3000 m
European Championships
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1990 Split 3000 m
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 1994 Helsinki 3000 m
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 1986 Stuttgart 3000 m
Representing Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland
Commonwealth Games
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1994 Victoria 10,000 m
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 1990 Auckland 3000 m
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 1986 Edinburgh 3000 m

Yvonne Carole Grace Murray-Mooney MBE (née Murray, born 4 October 1964), is a Scottish former middle-distance and long-distance track and road-running athlete. She won a bronze medal in the 3000 metres at the 1988 Olympic Games, and gold medals at this distance at the 1987 European Indoor Championships, the 1993 World Indoor Championships and the 1990 European Championships. She also won a gold medal in the 10,000 metres at the 1994 Commonwealth Games. Her 3000 metres best of 8:29.02 was set in the Olympic Final of 1988.

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Biography

Yvonne Murray was born in Musselburgh, East Lothian, Scotland.

Murray was initially a Hockey player for Musselburgh Grammar School prior to taking up athletics in 1979.

Murray first competed on the international stage as a 16 year old representing Scotland at the 1981 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Madrid, where she finished 79th in the senior women's race. Later that year she represented Great Britain at the European Junior Championships in Utrecht, Holland where she finished 6th in the 3000m.

Murray's first major senior championship appearance was at aged 18 years, where she finished 10th in both the 1500m and 3000m finals at the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane.

Her first major athletics medal was a bronze over 3000m at the 1985 European Indoor Championships in Athens.

In 1986, she won the silver medal over 3000m at the 1986 European Indoor Championships in Madrid, a bronze medal over 3000m at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh and a bronze medal again over 3000m at the 1986 European Championships in Stuttgart.

In 1987 she broke the championship record to win the 3000m at the 1987 European indoor championships in Lievin.

At the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, she won a bronze medal in the 3000m, having bravely taken the race on at 500m from the finish line. The winner, Tetyana Samolenko of the Soviet Union, tested positive for PEDS in 1993 and received a two year ban from the sport. Murray never had her Olympic medal upgraded.

In 1989 Murray won over 3000m at the IAAF Grand Prix Final in Monaco and at the IAAF World Cup in Barcelona while representing Europe, becoming the first UK Female athlete to win a World Cup track event.

In January 1990, at the Commonwealth Games in Auckland, she won silver in the 3000 m behind Canada's Angela Chalmers, with fellow Scot Liz McColgan third. Later that year, she won a gold medal over 3000m at the 1990 European Championships in Split, producing a stunning sprint at 550m from the finish line.

Murray won a gold medal at the 1993 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Toronto, again over 3000m, breaking away from the field after 1000m and winning the race by over 10 seconds, becoming the first UK Female athlete to win a World Indoor title.

In 1994, she won the silver medal over 3000m at the European Championships in Helsinki, and then went on to win a gold medal over 10,000m at the 1994 Commonwealth Games at Victoria, Canada. On her return from Canada, she won her second IAAF World Cup 3000m title in London.

Murray has won a full set of medals at the European Indoor Championships, European Outdoor Championships and the Commonwealth Games.

Murray was also a UK champion at 5000 metres in 1983 and at 3000 metres in 1985 and 1987. She was six-times AAA champion outdoors, and AAA indoor 3000m champion in 1984. Murray was five-times Scottish outdoor champion.

Murray has held the Commonwealth 2000m record since 1986, breaking her own record in 1994 with a time of 5:26.93.

Murray was awarded an MBE in 1990, was voted BBC Scotland Sports Personality of the Year in 1994 and was inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.

As at 2020, Murray remains Scotland's most decorated individual athlete in Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth competition, having won 11 medals in individual events.

Achievements

YearCompetitionVenuePositionEventNotes
Representing Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland
1982 World Cross Country Championships Rome, Italy 42ndSenior race (4.663 km) 15:35.2
Commonwealth Games Brisbane, Australia 10th1500 m4:16.59
10th3000 m9:21.45
1983 World Cross Country Championships Gateshead, United Kingdom 94thSenior race (4.072 km) 15:45
1985 World Cross Country Championships Lisbon, Portugal 42ndSenior race (4.99 km) 16:13
1986 World Cross Country Championships Neuchatel, Switzerland 38thSenior race (4.65 km) 15:48.7
Commonwealth Games Edinburgh, United Kingdom 5th1500 m4:14.36
3rd3000 m8:55.32
1987 World Cross Country Championships Warsaw, Poland 16thSenior race (5.05 km) 17:24
1990 Commonwealth Games Auckland, New Zealand4th1500 m4:09.54
2nd3000 m8:39.46
1994 Commonwealth Games Victoria, Canada 1st10 000 m31:56.97
Representing Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
1985 European Indoor Championships Piraeus, Greece 3rd3000 m9:00.94
1986 European Indoor Championships Madrid, Spain 2nd3000 m9:01.31
European Championships Stuttgart, Germany 3rd3000 m 8:37.15
1987 European Indoor Championships Lievin, France 1st3000 m8:46.06
World Indoor Championships Indianapolis, United States 5th3000 m8:48.43
World Championships Rome, Italy heats1500 m 4:07.83
7th3000 m 8:43.94
1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 3rd3000 m 8:29.02
1989 World Cup Barcelona, Spain 1st3000 m8:44.32
1990 European Championships Split, Yugoslavia 1st3000 m 8:43.06
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan 10th3000 m 8:44.52
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 8th3000 m 8:55.85
1993 World Indoor Championships Toronto, Canada 1st3000 m8:50.55
World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 9th3000 m 8:43.46
1994 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 2nd3000 m 8:36.48
World Cup London, United Kingdom 1st3000 m8:56.81
1995 World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 10,000 m DNF

Note: At the 1989 World Cup, Murray was representing Europe.

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