Lorraine Moller

Lorraine Moller
Personal information
Born (1955-06-01) 1 June 1955
Putaruru, New Zealand
Coached by John Davies

Lorraine Mary Moller MBE (born 1 June 1955) is a former athlete from New Zealand, who competed in track athletics and later specialised in the marathon. Moller's international career lasted over 20 years and included winning a silver medal in the marathon at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh and a bronze medal in the marathon at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona at the age of 37.[1] A four-time Olympian, she also completed the marathon at the 1984, 1988 and 1996 games. Her other marathon victories included the 1984 Boston Marathon and being a three-time winner (1986,87,89) of the Osaka International Ladies Marathon.

Moller was married to fellow Olympian Ron Daws[2] and coached by John Davies.

Track career

Moller's first international competition was the 1974 British Commonwealth Games at Christchurch, where she finished fifth in the 800 m. Her time of 2:03.63 was her lifetime best and is still the fastest ever by a New Zealand junior (under 20) woman.[3]

Although Moller ran her first marathon in 1979, there were no sanctioned marathons for females at an international athletics competition until 1984. Moller was instead selected for both the 1500 m and 3000 m at the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, winning bronze medals for both events.

In 1985 Moller broke the New Zealand 1500 m record, running 4:10.35 at Brussels. In 1986 at the Commonwealth Games, as well as the marathon (see below), she competed in the 3000 m, finishing fifth.

In the 1993 New Year Honours, Moller was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire, for services to athletics.[4]

As of June 2008, Moller ranked in the all-time top ten in New Zealand for the 1500 m, mile, 3000 m and 5000 m. She also ranked 11th for the 10,000 m.

Personal Bests:

Event Time Date Place
800 m 2:03.63 1974 Christchurch
1500 m 4:10.35 1985 Brussels
Mile 4:32.97 1985
3000 m 8:51.78 1983
5000 m 15:35.75 1985
10000 m 32:40.17 1988
Marathon 2:28:17 1986 Edinburgh

Marathon career

Moller ran her first marathon on 23 June 1979, winning Grandma's Marathon in Duluth, Minnesota in 2:37:37. The time was the fastest ever by a New Zealander and the sixth-fastest ever run by a woman.[5] She then won her next 7 marathons.

She was a triple winner of the Osaka Ladies Marathon, and in 1984 won the Boston Marathon.[6]

All of Moller's appearances at the Olympic Games were in the marathon. Her full records are:

She also won the silver medal at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, running 2:28:17, her lifetime best.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  New Zealand
1974 Commonwealth Games Christchurch, New Zealand 5th 800 m 2:03.63
1979 Grandma's Marathon Duluth, United States 1st Marathon 2:37:37
1980 Grandma's Marathon Duluth, United States 1st Marathon 2:38:35
1981 Grandma's Marathon Duluth, United States 1st Marathon 2:29:35
1982 Commonwealth Games Brisbane, Australia 3rd 1500 m 4:12.67
3rd 3000 m 8:55.76
1984 Boston Marathon Boston, United States 1st Marathon 2:29:28
Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States 5th Marathon 2:28:54
1986 Osaka Ladies Marathon Osaka, Japan 1st Marathon 2:30:24
Commonwealth Games Edinburgh, Scotland 5th 3000 m 9:03.89
2nd Marathon 2:28:17
1987 Osaka Ladies Marathon Osaka, Japan 1st Marathon 2:30:40
World Championships Rome, Italy 21st 10,000 m 34:07.26
1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 33rd Marathon 2:37:52
1989 Osaka Ladies Marathon Osaka, Japan 1st Marathon 2:30:21
Hokkaido Marathon Sapporo, Japan 1st Marathon 2:36:39
1991 Hokkaido Marathon Sapporo, Japan 1st Marathon 2:33:20
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 3rd Marathon 2:33:59
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 46th Marathon 2:42:21


Audio Interviews


  1. Profile at the official New Zealand Olympic Committee website
  2. STEVE HOAG, Running Minnesota blog, 28 January 2007, retrieved 20 April 2010
  3. Athletics New Zealand Records: Best Performances
  4. London Gazette (supplement), No. 53154, 30 December 1992. Retrieved 9 January 2013.
  5. Heidenstrom, P. (1992) Athletes of the Century. Wellington: GP Publications.
  6. Matson, Barbara (April 16, 2009). "Twists in the road". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2009-04-17.
  7. Longacre Press
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