Zoe Buckman

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Zoe Buckman
Personal information
Nationality Australia
Born (1988-12-21) 21 December 1988 (age 25)
Grafton, New South Wales
Residence Australian Capital Territory / Iowa
Height 167 centimetres (66 in) (2012)
Weight 50 kilograms (110 lb) (2012)
Country Australia
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 400 metres
800 metres
1500 metres
5000 metres
College team University of Oregon
Turned pro 2011

Zoe Buckman (born 21 December 1988) is an Australian runner having competed nationally and internationally in the 400 meter, 800 meter, 1,500 meter and 5,000 meter events. She ran for the University of Oregon. She has also competed at the Junior World Championships, the Australian National Championships, the 2012 Summer Olympics (representing Australia), and the 2013 IAAF World Athletics Championships where she was a finalist in the Women's 1500m.


Buckman was born on December 21, 1988 in Grafton, New South Wales.[1][2][3] She attended Canberra Girls' Grammar School.[4] and went to the University of Oregon from 2006 to 2011 where she majored in psychology.[4]


Buckman has run in the 400 metres, 800 metres, 1,500 metres and 5,000 metres events.[1][3] Her personal best in the 400 metres is 54.62 set in Canberra on 28 March 2004. Her personal best in the 800 metres is 2:01.60 set in Lignano Sabbiadoro on 16 July 2013.[5] Her personal best in the 1,500 metres is 4:04.82 Q PB set on 13 August 2013, in Moscow Russia.[1][3] She is coached by Nic Bideau.[1]

Buckman competed at the Australian Championships in 2005 in the under-20 category. She finished second in the 400 metre event and first in the 800 metre event.[1][2] She competed in the same age category again in 2006, finish first in the 800 metre event and second in the 1500 metre event.[1][2] In 2007, she competed in the under-20 category finishing first in the 800 metres and third in the 1500 metres event. In 2007, she also competed in the open age category, finishing third in the 800 metre event.[1][2] In 2010, she competed in the open age category at the Australian Championships in the 5000 metres, where she finished second.[1][2] In 2012, she competed in the 800 metre event where she finished second.[1][2]

Buckman competed at the World Junior Championships in 2004, where her 4x400m team finished fifth in heats. She competed at the 2006 edition, finishing 4th in the 800 metre semi-final and eleventh in the 1500 metre final.[1][2]

Buckman ran track for the University of Oregon from 2006/2007 to 2010/2011.[4][6]

Buckman was selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the 1500 metre event. The Games were her Olympic debut.[1][7][8][9][10] She were one of ten University of Oregon alumni to compete at the Games.[9][11] She was eliminated in a semi-final after running a Personal Best time.[citation needed]

In 2013, Buckman qualified fastest for the 1500 meter Final at World Championship in Moscow, Russia with a semi-final win in a Personal Best of 4:04.82.[12]