Sydney Maree

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Sydney Maree
Personal information
Nationality American
South African
Born (1956-09-09) September 9, 1956 (age 60)
Cullinan, South Africa
Sport Track
Event(s) 1500 meters, Mile, 5000 meters
College team Villanova
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 1500 meters: 3:29.77[1]
Mile: 3:48.83[1]
3000 meters: 7:33.37[1]
2-mile: 8:24.32[1]
5000 meters: 13:01.15[1]
10,000 meters: 28:21.46[1]

Sydney Maree (born 9 September 1956) is a former middle distance runner who competed at the international level in the 1980s. He was born in Cullinan, South Africa,[2] but later became a U.S. citizen, running for the United States in various competitions.

Running career[edit]

Maree attended Villanova University, where he was eight-time NCAA All American, including once in cross country, thrice indoors, and four times outdoors;,[3] two-time NCAA champion in the 1500 meters (1980, 1981), distance medley relay (1980, 1981) and once in the 5000 meters (1979).[4] He also won the inaugural Fifth Avenue Mile in 1981 with 3:47.52, which remains the course record.

Maree's greatest success came in August 1983 when he broke Steve Ovett's world record over 1500 m at a meet in Cologne, clocking 3:31.24 min. Two years later, Maree set a new US record of 3:29.77 min; however, this was not a world record as a few weeks before Saïd Aouita had run 3:29.46. Maree was an excellent 5000-m runner, as well. In Oslo in 1985, he set a US record at 13:01.15 min. finishing just behind Aouita who set a world record.

Maree's personal bests include the aforementioned 3:29.77 for the 1500 meters (1985, the American Record for 20 years), 3:48.83 for the mile (1981), 4:54.20 in the 2000 meters (1985, then a US record), 7:33.37 for 3000 meters (1984, also then an American record, and the previously mentioned American record of 13:01.15 in the 5000 meters. He was USA's runner in the 5000 meters at the 1987 IAAF World Championships in Athletics (11th place) and the 1988 Olympic Games (where he finished in fifth place in the final).

Personal life[edit]

Maree is married with five children. In 1995 he moved back to South Africa, later forming the asset management group Franklin Zamani, in Johannesburg, of which he became the CEO.[5]


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Preceded by
United Kingdom Steve Ovett
Men's 1,500m World Record Holder
August 28, 1983 – September 4, 1983
Succeeded by
United Kingdom Steve Ovett
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Germany Dieter Baumann
Men's 3,000m Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
Morocco Saïd Aouita