Angela Chalmers (born September 6, 1963) is a Canadian retired track and field athlete who competed in the 1500 metres and 3000 metres. She is the 1992 Olympic bronze medallist in the 3000 metres, and a three-time Commonwealth gold medallist, winning the 1500m and 3000m in 1990, and the 3000m in 1994.

Angela Chalmers
Medal record
Women's athletics
Representing  Canada
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1992 Barcelona 3000 m
Bronze medal – third place 1985 Kobe 3000 m
Pan American Games
Silver medal – second place 1987 Indianapolis 3000m
Commonwealth Games
Gold medal – first place 1990 Auckland 1500 metres
Gold medal – first place 1990 Auckland 3000 metres
Gold medal – first place 1994 Victoria 3000 metres


Born in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada, Chalmers was always an avid runner. She competed with the Canadian National Jr. Track Team, eventually receiving a scholarship to Northern Arizona University.[1] Chalmers first appeared on the international stage in 1985 in Kobe, Japan at the Universiade, where she finished third in the 3,000 metres. The following year in Arizona, she won the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships for Northern Arizona University. This was followed in 1987 with a second place at the Pan American Games in the 3000 meters, in Indianapolis. She finished 14th in the 3000 metres final at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

In the year 1990, Chalmers won two Commonwealth Games titles in Auckland, New Zealand, winning both the 1500 meter race and the 3000 meter race in a World leading time of 8:38.38. At the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, she won a bronze medal in the 3000 metres behind Yelena Romanova and Tatyana Dorovskikh. In 1994 in Victoria, Canada, she retained her Commonwealth 3000 m title in a personal best time of 8:32.17, placing her third on the 1994 World rankings (she did not compete in the 1500 meters). She remains the only woman in the history of the Commonwealth Games to successfully defend the 3000 m race. On September 3, 1994 she won the Grand Prix Final of the Women's 1500 meters held in France with a personal best time of 4:01.61. At the height of her career, Chalmers was ranked as one of the top three middle distance runners in the world.[1]

In 2001, Chalmers was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, as well as the British Columbia Hall of Fame.[1] She was a recipient of the National Aboriginal Achievement Award, now the Indspire Awards, in the sports category in 1995.[2] In addition to her successful career, Chalmers was also a spokeswoman. She is of Sioux descent, and used her platform as a professional runner to speak out about Aboriginal peoples.[3] She was inducted into the Athletics Canada Hall of Fame in 2019.[4]

In 1996, just before the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Chalmers retired from her career as a Canadian track and field athlete due to a calf injury.[1]

Chalmers is now married to Simon Doyle, an Australian middle distance runner, and is the mother of two children.[1]

International competitionsEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing   Canada
1985 Universiade Kobe, Japan 3rd 3000 m 9:03.19
1987 Pan American Games Indianapolis, United States 2nd 3000 m 9:14.48
1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 17th (h) 1500 m 4:08.64
14th 3000 m 9:04.75
1990 Commonwealth Games Auckland, New Zealand 1st 1500 m 4:08.41
1st 3000 m 8:38.38
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 14th (sf) 1500 m 4:04.87
3rd 3000 m 8:47.22
1994 Commonwealth Games Victoria, Canada 1st 3000 m 8:32.17
Grand Prix Final Paris, France 1st 1500 m 4:01.61
World Cup London, United Kingdom 2nd 1500 m 4:01.73
(#) Indicates overall position in qualifying heats (h) or semifinals (sf)


  1. ^ a b c d e Chiefs and Champions - Angela Chalmers
  2. ^ Indspire Laureate biography of Angela Chalmers
  3. ^ "BC Sports Hall of Fame". Retrieved 2018-03-25.
  4. ^ "Meet the Hall of Fame Class of 2019; Field announced for 🇨🇦 10,000m Championships". Retrieved 2019-06-07.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
  Paula Ivan
Women's 3.000m Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
  Elana Meyer