Marise Chamberlain

Marise Ann Millicent Chamberlain MNZM (born 5 December 1935) is a former New Zealand middle-distance runner. She is the only New Zealand woman to win an Olympic medal in track athletics (Lorraine Moller won a medal in the marathon). She set world records over 440 and 880 yards as well as 1 mile.

Marise Chamberlain
Marise Chamberlain 1964.jpg
Chamberlain at the 1964 Olympics
Personal information
Born5 December 1935 (1935-12-05) (age 84)
Christchurch, New Zealand
Height1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight55 kg (121 lb)
Event(s)800 m
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)800 m – 2:01.4 (1962)[1]

At the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Perth, Australia she won a silver medal over 880 yards, behind Australian Dixie Willis. Two years later, at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, she won the bronze medal[1][2] behind Ann Packer (gold) and Maryvonne Dupureur (silver), the top five runners beating the old Olympic record time set by Dupureur in the semifinals.[3]

At the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica Chamberlain stumbled just before the finish line when leading in the 880 yds final and missed out on a medal.

In the 2003 Queen's Birthday Honours Chamberlain was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to athletics.[4]

Chamberlain was inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.

Honorific eponymEdit

Chamberlain Place, in the Hamilton suburb of Chartwell, is named in Chamberlain's honour.[5]


  1. ^ a b Marise Chamberlain.
  2. ^ "Marise Chamberlain | New Zealand Olympic Committee". 2011. Retrieved 24 October 2011.
  3. ^ Athletics at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games: Women's 800 metres.
  4. ^ "Queen's Birthday honours list 2003". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 2 June 2003. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Honouring sportspeople". Waikato Times. 2 November 2012. p. 9.

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