Anne Audain

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Anne Audain
Medal record
Women's Athletics
Representing  New Zealand
Commonwealth Games
Gold medal – first place 1982 Brisbane 3000m
Silver medal – second place 1986 Edinburgh 10000m

Anne Frances Audain, MBE (née Garrett, born 1 November 1955 in Auckland[1]), is a New Zealand middle and long distance athlete, competing in three Olympic Games and four Commonwealth Games.[2]

At the age of 17 she came ninth in the 1973 World Cross Country Championships. She ran in the 1500 m at the 1974 British Commonwealth Games in Christchurch, New Zealand, finishing sixth, and top New Zealander, in the final with a time of 4 m 21.1s.

In the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Audain competed in both the 800 and 1500 m. Although she failed to get past the heats, she broke the New Zealand record for the 1500 m.

Prior to the start of the 1980s, major track and field athletics meetings had not had any women's events longer than 1500 metres. This started to change early in the new decade, and in March 1982, Audain competed in her first 5000 metres, breaking the world record. In the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane she won Gold in the 3000 metres in 8m 45.53s, a New Zealand record. The record stood for 25 Years until it was finally broken by Kimberley Smith of Auckland, when she ran 8min 35.31sec on 25 July 2007 in Monaco.

At the 1984 Olympic Games Audain competed in the inaugural women's Olympic marathon. In the 1988 Games, her last, she finished 11th in the inaugural women's 10,000m10.000 metres.[3]

In 1993 Audain founded the Idaho Women's Fitness Celebration 5K, now the largest 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) race for women in the USA.[4]

In the 1995 New Year Honours she was awarded the MBE for services to athletics.[5]

In February 2008 Audain was inducted into the Running USA Hall of Champions, and on 3 February 2009 she was inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame; She has the unique distinction of being in three Halls of Fame in two nations as in 2014 she was inducted into the RRCA Distance Running Hall of Fame too.


References[edit]

  1. ^ Ron Palenski (2004 ,2008). Black Gold. New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame. p. 18,40. ISBN 0-473-08536-4.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ "Anne Audain at NZ Olympic Committee website". Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Anne Garrett-Audain SR Sports Reference website
  4. ^ "St Luke's Women's Fitness Celebration". Archived from the original on 30 August 2012. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  5. ^ London Gazette (supplement), No. 53894, 30 December 1994. Retrieved 7 January 2013.