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Yvonne Murray

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Yvonne Murray

Medal record
Women’s Athletics
Competitor for  Great Britain
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1988 Seoul 3,000 m
World Indoor Championships
Gold medal – first place 1993 Toronto 3000 m
World Cup
Gold medal – first place 1989 Barcelona 3000 m
Gold medal – first place 1994 London 3000 m
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 1990 Split 3000 m
Silver medal – second place 1994 Helsinki 3000 m
Bronze medal – third place 1986 Stuttgart 3000 m
Competitor for  Scotland
Commonwealth Games
Gold medal – first place 1994 Victoria 10,000 m
Silver medal – second place 1990 Auckland 3000 m
Bronze medal – third place 1986 Edinburgh 3000 m

Yvonne Murray-Mooney MBE (née Murray, born 4 October 1964), is a Scottish former middle-distance and long-distance track and road-running athlete. She won a bronze medal in the 3000 metres at the 1988 Olympic Games, and gold medals at this distance at the 1993 World Indoor Championships and the 1990 European Championships. She also won a gold medal in the 10,000 metres at the 1994 Commonwealth Games. Her 3000 metres best of 8:29.02 set in 1988, still stands as the Scottish record (as of 2014).


Murray was born in Musselburgh, Scotland. She won the bronze medal at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh for the 3000 m. She then went on to win the bronze medal at the 1986 European Championships. In 1987, she was the European indoor champion at 3000 m. At the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, she won a bronze medal for the 3000 m. In 1989, she won the World Cup 3000 m in. In January 1990, at the Commonwealth Games in Auckland, she won silver in the 3000 m behind Canada's Angela Chalmers, with fellow Scot Liz McColgan third. Later that year, she won a gold medal at the European Championships in Split in the 3000 m. In 1993, Murray won a gold medal at the World Indoor Championships, again over 3000 m. Then in 1994, she won silver at the European Championships, and then went on to win a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games, this time for the 10,000 m.

Murray was five-time Scottish outdoor champion. She was a UK champion at 3000 metres 1985 and 1987, and at 5000 metres in 1983. She was five-time AAA champion outdoors, and AAA indoor champion in 1984.

Murray was awarded an MBE in 1990. She was inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame on 12 March 2007.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Scotland
1982 World Cross Country Championships Rome, Italy 42nd
Commonwealth Games Brisbane, Australia 10th 1500 m 4:16.59
10th 3000 m 9:21.45
1983 World Cross Country Championships Gateshead, United Kingdom 94th
1985 World Cross Country Championships Lisbon, Portugal 42nd
1986 World Cross Country Championships Neuchatel, Switzerland 38th
Commonwealth Games Edinburgh, United Kingdom 5th 1500 m 4:14.36
3rd 3000 m 8:55.32
1987 World Cross Country Championships Warsaw, Poland 16th
1990 Commonwealth Games Auckland, New Zealand 4th 1500 m 4:09.54
2nd 3000 m 8:39.46
1994 Commonwealth Games Victoria, Canada 1st 10 000 m 31:56.97
Representing  Great Britain
1985 European Indoor Championships Piraeus, Greece 3rd 3000 m 9:00.94
1986 European Indoor Championships Madrid, Spain 2nd 3000 m 9:01.31
European Championships Stuttgart, Germany 3rd 3000 m 8:37.15
1987 European Indoor Championships Lievin, France 1st 3000 m 8:46.06
World Indoor Championships Indianapolis, United States 5th 3000 m 8:48.43
World Championships Rome, Italy heats 1500 m 4:07.83
7th 3000 m 8:43.94
1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 3rd 3000 m 8:29.02
1989 World Cup Barcelona, Spain 1st 3000 m 8:44.32
1990 European Championships Split, Yugoslavia 1st 3000 m 8:43.06
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan 10th 3000 m 8:44.52
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 8th 3000 m 8:55.85
1993 World Indoor Championships Toronto, Canada 1st 3000 m 8:50.55
World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 9th 3000 m 8:43.46
1994 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 2nd 3000 m 8:36.48
World Cup London, United Kingdom 1st 3000 m 8:56.81
1995 World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 10000 m DNF

Note: At the 1989 World Cup, Murray was representing Europe.


  • Yvonne Murray profile at IAAF
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