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Maria ("Mia") Francisca Philomena Hoogakker-Gommers (born 26 September 1939) is a retired Dutch athlete, who competed mainly in the 800 metres. She was the second female world record-holder over 1500 metres in October 1967 at Sittard (The Netherlands), breaking the record of Anne Smith, who set the record in June of that year, by almost two seconds.[1]

Mia Gommers
Mia Gommers 1969.jpg
Mia Gommers in 1969
Personal information
Born (1939-09-26) 26 September 1939 (age 79)
Stein, Limburg, the Netherlands
Height1.66 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight53 kg (117 lb)
Sport
SportAthletics
ClubUnitas, Sittard

Gommers competed for The Netherlands in the 1968 Olympics held in Mexico City, Mexico in the 800 metres, where she won the bronze medal.[2]

On 14 June 1969 she also broke Smith's world record on the mile in an event in Leicester. At the 1969 European Championships in Athletics in Athens on 20 September 1969, she ran below Paola Pigni's new 1500 m record, but was beaten to the finish by Jaroslava Jehlickova. In 1969 she was chosen the Dutch female sportsperson of the year.

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Records
Preceded by
  Anne Smith
Women's 1500 m World Record Holder
1967-10-24 – 1969-07-02
Succeeded by
  Paola Pigni
Awards
Preceded by
Ada Kok
Dutch Sportswoman of the Year
1969
Succeeded by
Atje Keulen-Deelstra