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Zola Pieterse Biography

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Zola Pieterse is a South African 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 and 1985, she broke the world record in the 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.

Zola Pieterse

BORN: 26 May 1966 (age 55)

HOME TOWN: Bloemfontein, South Africa

PARENT: Hendrina Wilhelmina de Swardt (mother) and Frank Budd (father)

SPOUSE: Mike Pieterse

CHILDREN: Lisa Budd

OCCUPATION: Long-distance runner

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