Lisa Dobriskey

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Lisa Dobriskey
Lisa Dobriskey 2010.jpg
Personal information
Nationality English
Born (1983-12-23) 23 December 1983 (age 31)
Ashford, Kent
Height 1.70 metres (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 58 kilograms (128 lb)
Sport Running
Event(s) 800 metres, 1500 metres
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)

800m: 2:00.14

1500m: 3:59.50

Lisa Jane Dobriskey (born 23 December 1983 in Ashford, Kent) is an English middle distance athlete. She was the Commonwealth champion in the 1500 m in 2006. More recently, she won a silver medal in the 1500 m at the 2009 World Championships.


After winning her school's 800 m at age 11, her teachers suggested that she join the local athletic club. Dobriskey won Amateur Athletic Association titles at Under 15/17/20 and 23. She was the fastest British under-17 girl at 800m (2:08.67) and fourth fastest at 1500 m (4:31.7) in 1999, and the third fastest at 1500 m (4:28.10) in 2000. She won the English Schools 800 m title for Juniors in 1998 and for Intermediates in 1999 and made her junior international debut indoors against Germany and France at 1500 m in 2000. In the English Schools cross country running she was 4th in the Junior girls in 1998 and 3rd in the Intermediates in 1999. She was 2nd in the Inter-counties U15 cc in 1999.

She won the gold medal in the women's 1500 m event at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

She finished 4th in the final of the 1500 m in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, resulting in her ranking fourth in the world for the 1500 m.[1][2] After this, she won the Fifth Avenue Mile competition with the second fastest ever time recorded by a female athlete at the race.[3]

After suffering a stress fracture in her back early in the 2009 season, she finished third in the 1500 m at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics at the Olympiastadion in Berlin, Germany. Dobriskey was upgraded to silver after winner Natalia Rodriguez of Spain was disqualified for shoving Ethiopian Gelete Burika, who fell on the last lap.[4][5]


Lisa Dobriskey's personal best in the 1500 m ranks her second on the British all-time list, behind Kelly Holmes.[6]

Personal bests[edit]

Event Time Year Venue
400 m 56.00 2002 Eton
800 m 2:00.14 2010 London
1500 m 3:59.50 2009 Zurich
3000 m 8:54.12 2007 Loughborough

Personal life[edit]

She was born in Ashford, Kent of Polish descent and spent her childhood in New Romney before attending Loughborough University. Her younger brothers David and Steven reached county level at middle distance running, javelin and discus. Her father is a soil consultant, presently working for construction company Sir Robert McAlpine at the site of the 2012 London Olympics.[7]

Dobriskey is married to former 800 m runner Ricky Soos.[8]


  1. ^ "Athletics at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games: Women's 1,500 metres". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2010-07-17. 
  2. ^ Broadbent, Rick (2008-08-23). "Can Lisa Dobriskey become next Dame Kelly Holmes". The Times (London). Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  3. ^ Wallack, Rachel (2008-09-22). Willis and Dobriskey edge out the competition in New York. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-09-28.
  4. ^ Vikki Orvice (2009-08-24). "Lisa's silver lining". The Sun. Retrieved 2010-07-17. 
  5. ^ Lucas, Ryan (2009-08-23). "Rodriguez disqualified, Jamal wins women's 1,500". Associated Press. Retrieved 2009-08-23. 
  6. ^ "1500 Women Overall All Time to 4:16.99". The Power of 10. Retrieved 2010-07-17. 
  7. ^ Matthew Beard (2009-06-17). "The Olympic father digging for victory". Evening Standard. Retrieved 2010-07-17. 
  8. ^ Tom Knight (2008-10-03). "Great North Run: Athletes told to step it up". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2010-07-17. 

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