Genevieve LaCaze

Genevieve LaCaze

Athletics Schedule & Results

(Local) / 09:40 PM 19 Aug (Rio)
Women's 5000m Final

15:10.35 (12th)

Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot (KEN)
Hellen Onsando Obiri (KEN)
Almaz Ayana (ETH)

(Local) / 09:55 AM 16 Aug (Rio)
Women's 5000m Round 1 - Heat 2

15:20.45 (7th)

(Local) / 11:15 AM 15 Aug (Rio)
Women's 3000m Steeplechase Final

9:21.21 (9th)

Ruth Jebet (BRN)
Hyvin Kiyeng Jepkemoi (KEN)
Emma Coburn (USA)

(Local) / 10:37 AM 13 Aug (Rio)
Women's 3000m Steeplechase Round 1 - Heat 3

9:26.25 (2nd)

© IOC 2016 Official Results powered by Atos. Timing and results management by Omega.

Athlete Biography

A silver medal behind Madeline Hills at the 2016 National Championships helped book Genevieve LaCaze on the plane to Rio and a chance to compete at her second Olympic Games.

In the leadup to Rio, Lacaze has been in terrific form. Over 50 days in May and June she has run seven consecutive personal bests (800m, 3 x 5000m, 3 x 3000m Steeplechase) highlights have been moving to third fastest Australian ever in the steeplechase and achieving her first 5000m Olympic qualifier. As she was the current national 5000m champion, she was an automatic selection in this event in the final round of selections in July 2016.

LaCaze kick-started her athletics career when she accepted an athletics scholarship at the University of Florida in America in 2008. She completed a Bachelor of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology while representing the university on the athletics track.

LaCaze shaved 14 seconds off her personal best time in the space of five days to qualify for the London 2012 Games in the 3000m steeplechase. She finished ninth in her heat with another PB, placing her 22nd overall.

After placing fifth at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, LaCaze became an internet and news sensation when she joined Kylie Minogue on stage at the closing ceremony. Now living and training in Melbourne, LaCaze dates fellow London Olympian, training partner and 1500m runner Ryan Gregson.

All copy on this page is copyright © Australian Olympic Committee. Do not reproduce without permission.

Fast Facts

Social Media Links

Olympic Information

  • 2012 London – 22nd (3000m steeplechase)

Recent Performances

  • 6th (3000m Steeple) - 2016 Bislett Diamond League (Oslo, Norway)
  • 6th (5000m) - 2016 Birmingham Diamond League (Birmingham, GBR)
  • 1st (5000m) – 2016 Australian Championships (Sydney, Australia)
  • 2nd (3000m steeplechase) – 2016 Australian Championships (Sydney, Australia)
  • 22nd (3000m steeplechase) – 2015 IAAF World Championships (Beijing, China)

Career Highlights

  • Setting a personal best time in the women's 3000m Steeplechase at the London Olympics, 2012
  • Setting a personal best time in the women's 3000m Steeplechase at the Glasgow Diamond League, 2014
  • Finishing fifth in the women's 3000m Steeplechase at the Commonwealth Games, 2014


  • Primary
    Tamborine Mountain State School (QLD, Australia)
  • Secondary
    John Paul College (QLD, Australia)
  • Tertiary
    Applied Physiology and Kinesiology (Fitness and Wellness) - University of Florida (2008 – )


  • Coach
    Nic Bideau (2013 - current)
  • Club
    Glenhuntly, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Primary Training Base
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Secondary Training Base
    London, UK


Favourite food
T-bone steak – as rare as possible!
Favourite holiday destination
Favourite music
Mainstream - pretty much what ever is on the radio.
Dream car
2013 Mercedez Benz G-Class SUV
Personal Motto
Be thankful, stay humble and cherish your loved ones.
Star Sign
I would spend my last $10 on
Australia tattooed with the Olympic rings in the middle
If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
If I had the skill – tennis
Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
Cathy Freeman's Gold, Sydney Olympics, 2000
Most Influential person in your career/life
my parents
Why this sport?
because it is the toughest