Lisa Martin

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Lisa Frances Ondieki (née O'Dea, formerly Martin)[1][2] (born 12 May 1960 in Gawler, South Australia) is an Australian retired female long-distance runner.

Originally a hurdler, she was initially reluctant to take up marathon. In her first marathon competition in 1983, she took almost five minutes off the Australian record with her time of 2:32:22. She came seventh in the women's marathon event at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, finishing the competition in less than two and a half hours for the first time, and competed in that year's Chicago Marathon in a new personal best time of 2:27:40. At the 1985 Pittsburgh Marathon, she competed alongside her husband at the time, Ken Martin; they became the fastest married couple ever in a marathon and won both of their divisions. She won gold medals in marathon at both the 1986 Edinburgh and 1990 Auckland Commonwealth Games (setting a Commonwealth record in the latter games), and won a silver medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. After failing to finish the marathon at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, she won that year's New York City Marathon, setting a course record of 2:24:40 that would last for nine years. Her last Olympic appearance was the 1996 Atlanta Games, where she failed to finish.[1]

She is divorced from Kenyan runner Yobes Ondieki, with whom she has a daughter.

She was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1997.[1] In 2000, she received an Australian Sports Medal.[2]


  • All results regarding marathon, unless stated otherwise
Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Australia
1983 Rocket City Marathon Huntsville, United States 1st 2:32:22
1984 Canberra Marathon Canberra, Australia 1st 2:35:05
Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States 7th 2:29:03
1985 Pittsburgh Marathon Pittsburgh, United States 1st 2:31:54
New York City Marathon New York City, United States 2nd 2:29:48
1986 Commonwealth Games Edinburgh, Scotland 1st 2:26:07
New York City Marathon New York City, United States 2nd 2:29:12
1987 World Championships Rome, Italy DNF
1988 Osaka International Ladies Marathon Osaka, Japan 1st 2:23:51
Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 2nd 2:25:53
1990 Commonwealth Games Auckland, New Zealand 1st 2:25:28
1991 New York City Marathon New York, United States 3rd 2:29:01
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain DNF
New York City Marathon New York, United States 1st 2:24:40
1993 London Marathon London, United Kingdom 2nd 2:27:27
1994 London Marathon London, United Kingdom 2nd 2:33:17
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States DNF


  1. ^ a b c "Lisa Ondieki". Sport Australia Hall of Fame. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "ONDIEKI, Lisa Frances: Australian Sports Medal". It's An Honour. Retrieved 15 December 2013.