Lisa Dobriskey

Lisa Jane Dobriskey (born 23 December 1983 in Ashford, Kent) is an English middle distance runner. She was the Commonwealth Games champion in the 1500 m in 2006 and won a silver medal in the same distance at the 2009 World Championships.

Lisa Dobriskey
Lisa Dobriskey 2010.jpg
Personal information
Born (1983-12-23) 23 December 1983 (age 37)
Ashford, Kent
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight58 kg (128 lb)
SportWomen's athletics
Event(s)800 metres, 1500 metres
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)800m: 2:00.14
1500m: 3:59.50


After winning her school's 800 m at age 11, her teachers suggested that she join the local athletic club. Dobriskey won Amateur Athletic Association titles at Under 15/17/20 and 23. She was the fastest British under-17 girl at 800m (2:08.67) and fourth fastest at 1500 m (4:31.7) in 1999, and the third fastest at 1500 m (4:28.10) in 2000. She won the English Schools 800 m title for Juniors in 1998 and for Intermediates in 1999 and made her junior international debut indoors against Germany and France at 1500 m in 2000. In the English Schools cross country running she was 4th in the Junior girls in 1998 and 3rd in the Intermediates in 1999. She was 2nd in the Inter-counties U15 cc in 1999.

She won the gold medal in the women's 1500 m event at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

She finished 4th in the final of the 1500 m in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, resulting in her ranking fourth in the world for the 1500 m.[1][2] After this, she won the Fifth Avenue Mile competition with the second fastest ever time recorded by a female athlete at the race.[3]

After suffering a stress fracture in her back early in the 2009 season, she finished third in the 1500 m at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics at the Olympiastadion in Berlin, Germany. Dobriskey was upgraded to silver after winner Natalia Rodriguez of Spain was disqualified for shoving Ethiopian Gelete Burika, who fell on the last lap.[4][5]

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, she reached the 1500 m final again, finishing in 10th place. After the race, Dobriskey referred to possible doping by some of her rivals, saying "I don't believe I'm competing on a level playing field". Race winner Aslı Çakır Alptekin was subsequently stripped of the gold medal in 2015 and given an eight-year ban from competition after testing positive for banned substances. In all, six of the nine runners who finished ahead of Dobriskey in the final have been linked to the use of performance-enhancing drugs during their careers.[6][7][8]


Lisa Dobriskey's personal best in the 1500 m ranks her third on the British all-time list, behind Kelly Holmes and Laura Muir.[9]

Personal bestsEdit

Event Time Year Venue
400 m 56.00 2002 Eton
800 m 2:00.14 2010 London
1500 m 3:59.50 2009 Zurich
3000 m 8:54.12 2007 Loughborough

Personal lifeEdit

She was born in Ashford, Kent of Polish descent and spent her childhood in New Romney before attending Loughborough University. Her younger brothers David and Steven reached county level at middle distance running, javelin and discus. Her father is a soil consultant, who worked for construction company Sir Robert McAlpine at the site of the 2012 London Olympics.[10]

Dobriskey is married to former 800 m runner Ricky Soos.[11]


  1. ^ "Athletics at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games: Women's 1,500 metres". Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 17 July 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Broadbent, Rick (23 August 2008). "Can Lisa Dobriskey become next Dame Kelly Holmes". The Times. London. Retrieved 7 May 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Wallack, Rachel (22 September 2008). Willis and Dobriskey edge out the competition in New York. IAAF. Retrieved 28 September 2009.
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  5. ^ Lucas, Ryan (23 August 2009). "Rodriguez disqualified, Jamal wins women's 1,500". Associated Press. Retrieved 23 August 2009. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Lisa Dobriskey Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 14 July 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Gibson, Owen (11 August 2012) 'Not a level playing field,' says Lisa Dobriskey after 1500m defeat. The Guardian. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  8. ^ Gambaccini, Peter (9 March 2016). How tainted was the women’s 1500m at London 2012?. Runner's World. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  9. ^ "1500 Women Overall All Time to 4:16.99". The Power of 10. Retrieved 17 July 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ Matthew Beard (17 June 2009). "The Olympic father digging for victory". London Evening Standard. Archived from the original on 21 April 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ Tom Knight (3 October 2008). "Great North Run: Athletes told to step it up". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 17 July 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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