Kimberley Smith (runner)

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Kimberley Smith
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Smith in the Marathon at the 2012 Olympics in London
Personal information
Born (1981-11-19) 19 November 1981 (age 34)
Height 1.66 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Weight 48 kg (106 lb)
Country  New Zealand
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Marathon

Kimberley "Kim" Smith (born 19 November 1981 in Papakura) is a New Zealand middle distance and long distance runner who specialises in the 5000 and 10,000 metres.

She is a 2005 graduate of Providence College (previously at King's College, she first started running with Papakura Harriers. Smith won the 2004 NCAA Women's Individual Cross Country Championship. She won three NCAA individual titles in indoor track (5,000 meters and 3,000 meters) and outdoor track (5,000 meters) during the 2003–04 season. Her four NCAA individual championships are the most by any runner in Providence College history.[1]

She set a national record in the marathon with a run at the 2010 London Marathon – she finished eighth in the women's race and recorded a time of 2:25:21. Her result was upgraded to sixth after Russian athletes Liliya Shobukhova and Inga Abitova were removed from the results for doping. She ran the fastest half marathon by a woman on United States soil when she won the 2011 Rock 'n’ Roll Mardi Gras Half Marathon in 1:07:36.[2] Smith was leading the women's field of the 2011 Boston Marathon by 50 seconds at the halfway point, but injured her leg at mile 15 and was forced to drop from the race with roughly seven miles remaining.[3] She ran at the inaugural B.A.A. 10K in June and came second behind the Boston Marathon winner Caroline Kilel.[4] Smith established herself as the seventh fastest runner ever at the Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon, where she improved upon Meseret Defar's course record with a time of 1:07:11 hours.[5] She entered the 2011 New York City Marathon two months later and finished in fifth place with a time of 2:25:46 hours.[6] She finished 6th in Yokohama Marathon on 18 November 2012 in 2:27[7]

At the 2012 New York City Half Marathon she was leading alongside Firehiwot Dado before finally finishing second behind the Ethiopian.[8] She ran a course record at the Boston 10K, beating reigning champion Kilel with a run of 31:36 minutes.[9] She placed fifteenth in the Olympic marathon in London and won the Boston Half Marathon to claim the BAA Distance Medley jackpot of $100,000.[10] In September 2012 she married fellow runner Patrick Tarpy.[11]

Smith was runner-up to Olympic marathon champion Tiki Gelana at the 2013 Kagawa Marugame Half Marathon.[12]

Smith is contracted by New Balance and currently holds six New Zealand national records.[13] She also holds the Oceanian records for the 3000, 5000 and 10,000 metres. Currently, she resides in Providence, Rhode Island.[14]


Year Competition Venue Position Event
Representing  New Zealand
2005 World Cross Country Championships St Etienne, France 12th Long race
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 15th 10,000 m
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 7th 5000 m
Universiade Izmir, Turkey 1st 5000 m
2006 World Cup Athens, Greece 4th 5000 m
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 5th 10,000 m
2008 World Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain 6th 3000 m
Olympic Games Beijing, China 9th 10,000 m
2009 World Cross Country Championships Amman, Jordan 13th Senior race
World Championships Berlin, Germany 8th 10,000 m
World Half Marathon Championships Birmingham, England 7th Half marathon
2010 London Marathon London, England 6th Marathon
New York City Marathon New York City, United States 4th Marathon
2011 New York City Marathon New York City, United States 5th Marathon
2012 Olympic Games London, England 15th Marathon

Personal bests[edit]


Distance Time Date Location
1500 metres 4:11.25 2004-06-26 Waltham, MA
2000 metres 5:47:10 2007-01-13 Hamilton, NZL
3000 metres 8:35.31 NR[15] 2007-07-25 Monaco
5000 metres 14:45.93 NR[15] 2008-07-11 Rome
5 km (road) 15:16 NR 2013-04-14 Boston[16]
4 Miles (road) 19:38[17] 2009-06-20 Peoria, IL
10,000 metres 30:35.54 NR[15] 2008-05-04 Palo Alto, CA
10 km (road) 31:38 2009-05-25 London
20 km (road) 1:03:38 NR[18] 2011-09-18 Philadelphia
Half marathon 1:07:11 NR[18] 2011-09-18 Philadelphia
25 km (road) 1:24:15 NR[18] 2010-04-25 London
30 km (road) 1:41:43 NR[18] 2010-04-25 London
Marathon 2:25:21 NR 2010-04-25 London



Distance Time Date Location
One mile 4:24.14 NR[15] 2008-02-08 Boston, MA[20]
3000 metres 8:38.14 NR[15] 2007-01-27 Boston, MA
Two miles 9:13.94 2008-01-26 Boston, MA
5000 metres 14:39.89 NR[15] 2009-02-27 New York City

NR indicates a New Zealand national record


  1. ^ Kim Smith Wins NCAA Division I Cross Country Title :: Friars finish third overall as a team; Kim Smith and Fiona Crombie claim All-America honors
  2. ^ Kim Smith Runs Fastest Half Marathon On U.S. Soil. Running Competitor. Retrieved on 2010-13-02.
  3. ^ Thornton, Carolyn. "Emotional Kim Smith disappointed with Boston Marathon outcome". The Providence Journal. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 
  4. ^ Mutai sizzles 27:19 in Boston 10Km. IAAF (26 June 2011). Retrieved on 2 July 2011.
  5. ^ Rosenthal, Bert (17 September 2011). Kisorio blazes 58:46 at Philadelphia Half Marathon, fourth fastest ever. IAAF. Retrieved on 4 October 2011.
  6. ^ Morse, Parker (6 November 2011). G. Mutai smashes course record, Dado the surprise women's winner in New York. IAAF. Retrieved on 8 November 2011.
  7. ^ IAAF. Retrieved on 8 November 2011.
  8. ^ Kirui and Dado triumph in New York Half Marathon. IAAF (18 March 2012). Retrieved on 25 March 2012.
  9. ^ World lead for Mutai, course record for Smith at Boston 10k. IAAF (24 June 2012). Retrieved on 9 July 2012.
  10. ^ Big payday for Kiprono and Smith in Boston. IAAF (8 October 2012). Retrieved on 10 February 2013.
  11. ^ Gambaccini, Peter (5 March 2013). "Kim Smith Eager to Win NYC Half on March 17". Runner's World. 
  12. ^ Nakamura, Ken (3 February 2013). Gelana under pressure but retains Marugame Half Marathon title. IAAF. Retrieved on 23 February 2013.
  13. ^ New York Road Runners – 2007 Continental Airlines Fifth Avenue Mile Bios
  14. ^ Robinson, Roger. "Kim Smith on the Edge". Running Times. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  15. ^ a b c d e f Oceania Area Record. – Area Records – Outdoor. Area Records – Indoor
  16. ^ 2013 B.A.A. 5K Top Finishers. Boston Athletic Association. Retrieved on 28 April 2013.
  17. ^ Athletics New Zealand do not keep official records for the 4 Mile distance, but the ARRS publish a list of National Records – 4 Miles
  18. ^ a b c d [1]
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  20. ^ 2008 BU Valentine Invitational – W Mile H1. Flotrack video.

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