Anne Audain
Anne Audain in 1979 (cropped).jpg
Audain in 1979
Personal information
Birth nameAnne Frances Garrett
Born (1955-11-01) 1 November 1955 (age 67)
Auckland, New Zealand
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)[1]
Weight53 kg (117 lb)[1]
CountryNew Zealand
SportTrack and field
Achievements and titles
National finals800 m champion (1976, 1979)
1500 m champion (1976, 1979, 1980)
3000 m champion (1982, 1986)
5000 m champion (1987)
10,000 m champion (1990)
4 km road race champion (1972, 1973)[2]
Personal best(s)800 m – 2:04.4
1500 m – 4:10.68
10,000 m – 31:53.31
Marathon – 2:31:41[1]
Medal record

Anne Frances Audain MBE (née Garrett, born 1 November 1955) is a New Zealand middle and long-distance runner. She competed in three Olympic Games and four Commonwealth Games,[3] winning the 1982 Commonwealth Games 3000m title and a silver medal in the 10,000m at the 1986 Commonwealth Games.


Born in Auckland,[4] Audain finished ninth aged 17 in the 1973 World Cross Country Championships. She ran in the 1500 m at the 1974 British Commonwealth Games in Christchurch, New Zealand, finishing sixth, and top New Zealander, in the final with a time of 4:21.1.

In the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Audain competed in both the 800 and 1500 m. Although she failed to get past the heats, she broke the New Zealand record for the 1500 m.

Prior to the start of the 1980s, major track and field athletics meetings had not had any women's events longer than 1500 metres. This started to change early in the new decade, and in March 1982, Audain competed in her first 5000 metres, breaking the world record. In the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane she won Gold in the 3000 metres in 8m 45.53s, a New Zealand record. The record stood for 25 years until it was finally broken by Kim Smith of Auckland, when she ran 8min 35.31sec on 25 July 2007 in Monaco.

At the 1984 Olympic Games Audain competed in the inaugural women's Olympic marathon. In the 1988 Games, her last, she finished 11th in the inaugural women's 10,000 metres.[5]

In 1993 Audain founded the Idaho Women's Fitness Celebration 5K, now the largest 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) race for women in the USA.[6]

Honours and awards

Audain was awarded the New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal.[7] In the 1995 New Year Honours, she was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire, for services to athletics.[8]

In February 2008, Audain was inducted into the Running USA Hall of Champions, and on 3 February 2009 she was inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame. She has the unique distinction of being in three Halls of Fame in two nations as in 2014 she was also inducted into the RRCA Distance Running Hall of Fame.

International competitions

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  New Zealand
1973 World Cross Country Championships Waregem, Belgium 9th 4.0 km 14:15
1974 British Commonwealth Games Christchurch, New Zealand 6th 1500 m 4:21.1
1976 Olympic Games Montreal, Canada heats 800 m 2:05.78
heats 1500 m 4:10.68
1977 World Cup Düsseldorf, Germany 8th 1500 m 4:31.5
1982 Commonwealth Games Brisbane, Australia 1st 3000 m 8:45.53
1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States dnf Marathon
1986 Commonwealth Games Edinburgh, Scotland 2nd 10,000 m 31:53.31
1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 11th 10,000 m 32:10.47
1990 Commonwealth Games Auckland, New Zealand 11th 10,000 m 33:40.13


  1. ^ a b c "Anne Garrett-Audain". Sports-Reference. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  2. ^ Hollings, Stephen (December 2016). "National champions 1887–2016" (PDF). Athletics New Zealand. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Anne Audain". New Zealand Olympic Committee. Retrieved 2 June 2021.
  4. ^ Palenski, Ron (2004). Black Gold. New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame. pp. 18, 40. ISBN 0-473-08536-4.
  5. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Anne Garrett-Audain". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  6. ^ "St Luke's Women's Fitness Celebration". Archived from the original on 30 August 2012. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
  7. ^ Taylor, Alister; Coddington, Deborah (1994). Honoured by the Queen – New Zealand. Auckland: New Zealand Who's Who Aotearoa. p. 51. ISBN 0-908578-34-2.
  8. ^ "No. 53894". The London Gazette (2nd supplement). 31 December 1994. p. 34.