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Full Name Zola Budd
Date of Birth May 26, 1966
Age 57 years, 9 months, 15 days
Profession Runner
Country South Africa
Horoscope Taurus

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Zola Budd Biography

Zola Budd is one of the most popular and richest Runner who was born on May 26, 1966 in South Africa. Barefoot long-distance runner, 1992 Olympic competitor. He was also a two-time IAAF World Cross Country Champion.

She was criticized for causing Mary Decker to tumble during the 1984 3000 meter final.

Zola Pieterse (née Budd; born 26 May 1966) is a middle-distance and long-distance runner. She competed at the 1984 Olympic Games for Great Britain and the 1992 Olympic Games for South Africa, both times in the 3000 metres. In 1984 (unratified) and 1985, she broke the world record in the women’s 5000 metres. She was also a two-time winner at the World Cross Country Championships (1985–1986). Budd’s career was unusual in that she mainly trained and raced barefoot. She moved with her family to South Carolina in 2008, and competes at marathons and ultramarathons. She volunteers as assistant coach at Coastal Carolina University in Conway. Her mile best of 4:17.57 in 1985, still stands as the British record.

In the 1984 Olympics, held in Los Angeles, California, the media billed the 3000 m race as a duel between Budd and world champion Mary Decker, and few reported that a third contestant, Romanian Maricica Puică, had set the fastest time that year.

In 1989, she married Mike Pieterse; she has a daughter called Lisa.

NameZola Budd
First NameZola
Last NameBudd
OccupationRunner
BirthdayMay 26
Birth Year1966
Place of Birth
Home Town
Birth CountrySouth Africa
Birth SignTaurus
Full/Birth Name
ParentsHendrina Wilhelmina de Swardt, Frank Budd
SiblingsFrank Budd Jr., Cara Budd, Estelle Budd, Jenny Budd, Quintus Budd
SpouseMike Pieterse
Children(s)Lisa Budd

Ethnicity, religion & political views

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Budd, who was born in Bloemfontein, Orange Free State, South Africa, achieved fame in 1984, at the age of 17, when she broke the women’s 5000 m world record with a time of 15:01.83. Since her performance took place in South Africa, then excluded from international athletics competition because of its apartheid policy, the International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF) refused to ratify Budd’s time as an official world record.

Zola Budd Net Worth

Zola Budd is one of the richest Runner from South Africa. According to our analysis, Wikipedia, Forbes & Business Insider, Zola Budd's net worth $3-5 Million.* (Last Update: February 3, 2024)

At age 17, she broke the world record in women’s 5000m.

After a controversial collision, she lost her chance at the 1984 gold medal.

Net Worth (2024)$5 Million*
Net Worth in 2023$3 Million*
SalaryUnder Review
Source of IncomeRunner
CarsNot Available
HouseLiving in own house.
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Budd competed internationally for the UK in 1985 and 1986. In February 1985, she was World Cross Country Champion (beating Ingrid Kristiansen), but then went on to several track defeats. The most significant of these was her rematch with Mary Decker-Slaney at Crystal Palace in July 1985, in which she finished fourth, some 13 seconds behind Decker-Slaney.

In 1985 she claimed the world record officially, while representing Great Britain, clocking 14:48.07.

Zola Budd's Height & Physical Stats

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The Daily Mail, a British tabloid newspaper, persuaded Budd’s father to encourage her to apply for British citizenship, on the grounds that her grandfather was British, to circumvent the international sporting boycott of South Africa, so that she could compete in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. With a strong push from the Daily Mail, British citizenship was granted in short order and she moved to Guildford. Her application and arrival was controversial due to her acquiring a passport under preferential circumstances. Groups supporting the abolition of apartheid campaigned vociferously and effectively to highlight the special treatment she received; other applicants had to wait sometimes years to be granted citizenship, if at all.

In 1988 Budd began to compete again with a handful of cross-country runs. However, several African nations claimed she had competed in an event in South Africa and insisted she be suspended from competition. Budd claimed she only attended the event and did not compete. The International Amateur Athletics Federation upheld this charge and suspended Budd, at which point she returned to South Africa. She retired from international competition for several years, but returned in time to represent South Africa in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, competing in the 3000m.

Who is Zola Budd Dating?

According to our records, Zola Budd married to Mike Pieterse . As of February 1, 2024, Zola Budd’s is not dating anyone.

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1986 began with a defence of her World Cross Country title and a world indoor 3000m record of 8:39.79. However, after a couple of victories in fast early season times over 1500m (4:01.93) and 3000m (8:34.72), her outdoor track season brought several defeats by athletes she should have beaten easily. She competed in both the 1500m and 3000m at the European Championships but did not win a medal in either, finishing 9th and 4th respectively. It later emerged that Budd was suffering a painful leg injury for much of the season: she did not compete in 1987 as she sought treatment for this.

Interesting Facts about Zola Budd

  1. Zola Budd was born in Bloemfontein, Orange Free State, South Africa on 26 May 1966.
  2. She achieved fame in early 1984 for breaking the 5000m world record when she was 17.
  3. In 1985 she represented Great Britain and officially broke the world record for the 5000m. She also set new UK and Commonwealth records for the 1500m, mile, 3000m and 5000m.
  4. At the 1984 Olympics, Budd and Mary Decker were involved in a dramatic collision whilst running the 3000m, causing Decker to fall.
  5. Budd moved to the UK in 1984 with the help of her grandfather’s British passport.
  6. In 1986 she won World Cross Country Champion, defeated Ingrid Kristiansen.
  7. She held numerous British and South African records at junior and senior levels; and still holds two junior world records: the mile and 3000m.
  8. She moved to South Carolina, USA in 2008; and competed at marathons and ultramarathons.
  9. She won the women’s division of the Dasani Half-Marathon in 2009 with a time of 1:20:41.
  10. In 2012, she competed in the Comrades (ultra)Marathon and earned a Bill Rowan Medal with a time of 8:06:09.
  11. In 2014, she entered the Comrades again and finished with a time of 6:55:55, earning a gold medal for being the first ‘veteran’ finisher.
  12. She was stripped of her ‘veteran’ gold medal due to a technicality, and started court proceedings against the Comrades Marathon Association to have it reinstated.
  13. In March 2015, she won the Run Hard Columbia (SC) Marathon with a time of 3:05:27.
  14. She moved back to South Africa in 2021.
  15. Township taxis in South Africa are nicknamed “Zola Budd” for their speed.

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In 1989 Budd married Mike Pieterse. The couple have three children, daughter Lisa and twins, Azelle and Mike. On her return home to South Africa, Budd began racing again. She had an excellent season in 1991 and was the second-fastest woman in the world over 3000m. Following South Africa’s re-admission to international sport, she competed in the 3000m at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona but did not qualify for the final. In 1993, she finished fourth at the World Cross Country championships but would never translate this form on to the track. In 1989 Budd published her autobiography, Zola (co-written with Hugh Eley). Budd remains the holder of numerous British and South African records at junior and senior levels, and still holds two junior world records: the mile and 3000m.

Where is Zola Budd now?

As of July 2020, she was an Assistant Cross Country and Girls Track Coach at Conway High School in Conway, South Carolina. As of August 2021 after the 2020-2021 season she moved back to South Africa.

Is Zola Budd still married to Mike Pieterse?

Bloemfontein – World-renowned long-distance athlete Zola (Budd) Pieterse and her husband, businessman Mike Pieterse, are getting divorced after a 17-year marriage.

How old is Zola Budd now?

56 years (May 26, 1966)

Did Zola Budd win an Olympic gold medal?

Budd, the barefoot South Africa-born runner who was given a fast-track passport to represent Great Britain at the Olympics, said she “gave up” after the incident because she did not want to win a medal when the crowd started to boo her.

Where is Mary Decker today?

Mary Decker Slaney still holds five American records from the 800-meter to the 3,000-meter event. Living with her husband in Eugene, Oregon, she is now a master’s runner, competing in road races and track meets across the United States.

Key Events

  1. Zola Budd (also known as Zola Pieterse; born 26 May 1966) is a South African middle-distance and long-distance runner..

  2. In 1984 (unratified) and 1985, she broke the world record in the 5000 metres..

  3. She competed at the 1984 Olympic Games for Great Britain and the 1992 Olympic Games for South Africa, both times in the 3000 metres..

  4. Budd, who was born in Bloemfontein, Orange Free State, South Africa, achieved fame in early 1984, at the age of 17, when she broke the 5000 m world record with a time of 15:01.83..

  5. The Daily Mail, a British tabloid newspaper, persuaded Budd's father to encourage her to apply for registration as a British citizen, on the grounds that her grandfather was British, to circumvent the international sporting boycott of South Africa, so that she could compete in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles..

  6. In the 1984 Olympics, held in Los Angeles, California, the media billed the 3000 m race as a duel between Budd and world champion Mary Decker..

  7. Budd competed internationally for the UK in 1985 and 1986..

  8. She was also a two-time winner at the World Cross Country Championships (1985–1986)..

  9. Her mile best of 4:17.57 in 1985, still stands as the British record. .

  10. In 1985, she claimed the world record officially, while representing Great Britain, clocking 14:48.07..

  11. The most significant of these was her rematch with Mary Decker-Slaney at Crystal Palace in July 1985, in which she finished fourth, some 13 seconds behind Decker-Slaney. .

  12. In February 1985, she was World Cross Country Champion (beating Ingrid Kristiansen), but then went on to several track defeats..

  13. 1986 began with a defence of her World Cross Country title and a world indoor 3000m record of 8:39.79..

  14. It later emerged that Budd was suffering a painful leg injury for much of the season; she did not compete in 1987 as she sought treatment for this. .

  15. In 1988, Budd began to compete again with a handful of cross-country runs..

  16. She returned to South Africa in 1989, and represented South Africa at the 1992 Summer Olympics..

  17. In 1989, Budd married Mike Pieterse..

  18. Also in 1989, Budd published her autobiography, Zola (co-written with Hugh Eley)..

  19. She had an excellent season in 1991 and was the second-fastest woman in the world over 3000m..

  20. Following South Africa's re-admission to international sport, she competed in the 3000m at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona but did not qualify for the final..

  21. In 1993, she finished fourth at the World Cross Country championships but would never translate this form on to the track. .

  22. In the 2000 m at Crystal Palace in July 1984 she set a new world record of 5:33.15..

  23. The singer Brenda Fassie (whom Time magazine called "the Madonna of the townships" in 2001) had a hit single in the 1980s with her track "Zola Budd"..

  24. In 2002, the moment was ranked 93rd in Channel 4's 100 Greatest Sporting Moments..

  25. She moved with her family to South Carolina, USA in 2008; and competed at marathons and ultramarathons..

  26. Following allegations of her husband having an affair with former Miss South Africa Agatha "Pinkie" Pelser, Budd, under her married name Pieterse, and her three children relocated to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, US, in August 2008; Zola’s husband joined them later..

  27. She raced in the South Carolina division of USA Track and Field, winning the women's division of the Dasani Half-Marathon during Bi-Lo Myrtle Beach Marathon on 14 February 2009 with a time of 1:20:41..

  28. On 12 January 2012, she announced her participation in the 2012 edition of the nearly 90-kilometre (56 mi) Comrades (ultra)Marathon which was held on 3 June 2012..

  29. She would also participate in the Two Oceans Marathon during the Easter weekend of 2012 as she trained towards the Comrades Marathon which she ended up finishing in 8:06:09 (she was the 37th female finisher), earning a Bill Rowan Medal..

  30. On 20 July 2012 BBC Radio 4 broadcast a play by Richard Monks about the political and media actions taken to bring Zola Budd to Britain with her father at the age of 17, the script implying she was unwilling and homesick..

  31. Although she planned to also run the Comrades in 2013 she withdrew due to illness..

  32. In June 2014, Budd entered the Comrades again, hoping for an overall silver medal and for a time under 7 hours 30 minutes (7:30:00)..

  33. Budd dedicated her 2014 Comrades run to South African teacher Pierre Korkie, held captive in Yemen by Al-Qaeda for one year..

  34. Budd and her coach pointed out that the veteran gold medal and silver medal were then given to two runners who also did not have the small age category tag on their running vests, and announced in September 2014 that they had started court proceedings against the Comrades Marathon Association to have her veteran win reinstated..

  35. In March 2015, Budd won the Run Hard Columbia (SC) Marathon in a time of 3:05:27..

  36. As of July 2020, she was an Assistant Cross Country and Girls Track Coach at Conway High School in Conway, South Carolina; and volunteered as assistant coach at Coastal Carolina University, also in Conway..

  37. She moved back to South Africa in 2020-2021. .

  38. She moved back to South Africa in 2021..