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Olympic Information


Recent Performances

  • 12th (1500m) - 2012 World Challenge (Rabat, Malta)
  • 2nd (1500m) - 2012 Australian Olympic Trials (Melbourne, Australia)
  • 1st (1500m) - 2012 Sydney Track Classic (Sydney, Australia)
  • 1st (1500m) - 2012 Hobart Briggs Athletics Classic (Hobart, Australia)
  • 1st (1500m) - 2012 Hunter Track Classic (Glendale, Australia)
  • 9th (1500m) - 2011 World Challenge (Rieti, Italy)

Career Highlights

  • Winning her first senior national title (1500m) in 2011
  • Setting a 1500m personal best by over 2.5 seconds on the European circuit in 2011

Interesting Facts

  • In May 2012, Zoe Buckman broke a 36-year-old Australian record over the 1km distance with a time of 2:37.8. Buckman qualified for the Olympic Games in interesting fashion. Off the back of missing the World Championship Olympic A qualifying mark, Buckman stayed in Europe to chase the Olympic A standard and bettered it in Rieti in September 2011.
  • Running since the age of 11, Buckman has had her eye on London 2012 since she was a teenager. She won her first national 1500m title in 2011 after only shifting her focus to the 1500m distance in 2010. Buckman ran six sub 4:10.0 times over the 1500m in 2011, including a personal best at the IAAF World Challenge in Rieti, Italy (4:05.06).
  • In the 2011-12 national season, Buckman won three of the 1500m events in the Athletics Australia Tour. She enjoyed a strong domestic season in 2012 but was pipped on the line at selection trials in Melbourne by training partner and London teammate Kaila McKnight.
  • A college athlete since 2007, Buckman placed third in the mile at the 2011 National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Indoor Championships to help the University of Oregon win their second straight NCAA title. Buckman's personal best 4:33.76 was the third fastest time in school history, establishing her as one of the top athletes in the NCAA.
  • Buckman raced in her first Australian Team in the 4 x 400m relay at the 2004 World Junior Championships. In 2011 she received the Steve Moneghetti Emerging Athlete of the Year Award alongside triple jump/ long jump star Henry Frayne.


Years on national team



Nic Bideau

Primary Training Base

Melbourne, Australia

Secondary Training Base

London, UK


Melbourne Track Club (VIC, Australia)


Victorian Institute of Sport, Melbourne



Grafton Primary School (NSW, Australia)


Canberra Girls' Grammar (ACT, Australia)


Bachelor of Humanities - University of Oregon (2007 - 2011)

Athletics Team

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