Quite apart from her Olympic marathon bronze medal in 1992, Lorraine Moller built a formidable record as a distance athlete.

She represented New Zealand at the 1974 Christchurch Commonwealth Games, where her fifth place in the 800m was considered an excellent effort for an 18-year-old running novice.

Moller continued to run for New Zealand until the 1996 Atlanta Olympic marathon. She won bronze medals over 1500m and 3000m at the 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games, and compiled a good record in road and cross-country running. But it was as a marathon runner that she really shone.

She made her marathon debut in 1979 and reeled off eight consecutive marathon victories, and nine from her first 10 starts, winning major marathons in London, Osaka, Boston, Fukuoka and on the lucrative Avon circuit. She claimed the silver medal in the 1986 Edinburgh Commonwealth Games marathon.

Moller competed in four successive Olympic marathons, beginning with the Los Angeles race in 1984, the first Olympic women's marathon ever held. This was an astounding record, given that she was 29 before she ever ran at the Olympics.

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Lorraine's Games History