Nikki Hamblin

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Nikki Hamblin
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Personal information
Born20 May 1988 (1988-05-20) (age 31)
Dorchester, Dorset, England
ResidenceCambridge, Waikato, New Zealand
EducationOpen Polytechnic of New Zealand
ClubCambridge Athletic & Harrier Club

Nikki Jayne Hamblin (born 20 May 1988) is a New Zealand middle distance runner who specialises in the 800 and 1500 metres. Born in England, Hamblin ran for the Dorchester Athletics Club before moving to New Zealand in 2006. She gained New Zealand citizenship in 2009.[1] In 2010, Hamblin became the New Zealand record holder in the 1500 metres and won the silver medal in both the 800 and 1500 metres at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.[2]

At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, she received considerable international media attention following an incident during the 5000m heat in which both she and American Abbey D'Agostino fell. The two women helped each other finish the race and were allowed to compete in the final, however D'Agostino had suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus and was unable to participate further. Hamblin's injuries were less serious and she was able to compete in the final, however she finished last. Both athletes were praised for their sportsmanship and "olympic spirit",[3] and were subsequently awarded the Rio 2016 Fair Play Award by the International Fair Play Committee.[4][5]

Personal bests[edit]

Event Time Date Location
800 metres 1:59.66 4 September 2010 Split, Croatia
1500 metres 4:04.82 NR 22 July 2011 Barcelona, Spain
Mile 4:31.16 22 July 2016 Dublin, Ireland
3000 metres 8:51.48 14 June 2014 New York City, United States
5000 metres 15:18.02 2 May 2015 Palo Alto, California

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2010 Commonwealth Games Delhi, India 2nd 800 m 2:00.05
2nd 1500 m 4:05.97
2014 Commonwealth Games Glasgow, Scotland 7th 800 m 2:02.43
5th 1500 m 4:10.77
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 31st (h) 1500 m 4:16.65
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 30th (h) 1500 m 4:11.88
17th 5000 m 16:14.24


  1. ^ Gilhooly, Daniel (14 July 2009). "British track star Nikki Hamblin becomes a Kiwi". NZPA. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
  2. ^ Nikki Hamblin strikes silver double. Retrieved 2010-10-12.
  3. ^ Martin Rogers, A fall in the 5,000 delivers an uplifting moment, USA Today, 16 August 2016
  4. ^ "Fair Play Awards recognise true Olympic champions in sportsmanship". 20 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Rio Olympics 2016: Hamblin wins fair play award". 21 August 2016 – via New Zealand Herald.

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