Zoe Hobbs, a track and field sprinter from New Zealand, participates in the 60 meters, 100 meters, and 200 meters events. She currently holds the Oceanian indoor record for the 60 meters and the Oceanian record for the 100 meters. Hobbs made history as the first woman from Oceania to surpass the 11-second mark in the 100 meters.
Height- 1.71 m
Born- 11 September 1997
Birthplace- Stratford, New Zealand
Profession- track and field sprinter
Nationality- New Zealand
Medal-Athletics at the 2019 Summer Universiade – Women’s 4 x 100 metres relay
Zoe Hobbs, a native of Stratford in the Taranaki region, was born to Dorothy and Grant Hobbs. She received her education at New Plymouth Girls’ High School in New Plymouth. In 2019, Zoe enrolled as a student of Human Nutrition at Massey University. From a young age of five, she developed a passion for running, although she also actively participated in various sports, often striving to match the abilities of her older sibling.
According to the social media report, she is listed as unmarried and no information about her boyfriend or husband’s name is mentioned. She maintains a high level of privacy regarding her personal relationships.
At the age of 15, Hobbs achieved success in the 100 meters event, reaching the semi-finals of the 2013 World Under-18 Championships held in Donetsk, Ukraine. Over the next few years, she displayed her talent by winning the national secondary schools 100-meter title for three consecutive years.
On July 20, 2016, during the World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, Hobbs set the current New Zealand U20 100-meter record with a time of 11.53 seconds in the heats. Although she ran a slower time in the semi-finals and was eliminated, her performance was remarkable.
Hobbs continued to excel in her athletic career, participating in the Summer Universiades in Taipei in 2017 and Napoli in 2019. She made it to the final of the 200 meters and won a bronze medal as part of the New Zealand women’s 4×100-meter relay team at the latter event. In January 2019, she broke Michelle Seymour’s 1994 New Zealand residents 100-meter record with a time of 11.42 seconds. Later that year, she competed in the 100 meters and 200 meters at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar.
In 2021, Hobbs equaled Michelle Seymour’s 28-year-old New Zealand 100-meter record of 11.32 seconds twice before surpassing it on December 18 with a time of 11.27 seconds.
During early 2022, she further improved her own New Zealand 100-meter record twice, achieving times of 11.21 seconds and then 11.15 seconds. At the 2022 World Athletics Indoor Championships held in Belgrade, Serbia, she broke the Oceania indoor 60-meter record with a time of 7.13 seconds. Although she narrowly missed qualifying for the finals by 0.02 seconds, she demonstrated her exceptional abilities.
On April 1, 2022, Hobbs won the 100 meters at the Australian Athletics Championships, setting a new championship record with a time of 11.17 seconds. Later that year, she broke the Oceania 100-meter record at the Oceania Athletics Championships in Mackay, Australia, running a time of 11.09 seconds. In July, she ran even faster with a time of 11.08 seconds in the first heat of the 100 meters at the World Athletics Championships held in Eugene, Oregon. She advanced to the semi-finals, finishing fifth with a time of 11.13 seconds.
Hobbs competed in the 100-meter final at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, securing a sixth-place finish.
On March 2, 2023, during the heats of the NZ National Championships in Wellington, Hobbs broke the Oceania and New Zealand all-comers’ 100-meter records with a time of 11.07 seconds. In the final, aided by a 3.4 m/s tailwind, she achieved an impressive time of 10.89 seconds. On March 11, at the Sydney Track Classic, she officially broke the 11-second barrier, setting new Oceania and Australian all-comers’ records with a time of 10.97 seconds. Just five days later, at the Sir Graeme Douglas International meet in Auckland, she lowered her New Zealand all-comers’ record to 11.02 seconds.
Finally, on July 2, 2023, Hobbs participated in the Resisprint International in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. In the heats, she ran an impressive time of 10.96 seconds. She went on to win the final, crossing the finish line in 11.13
Winner of the national finals for seven consecutive years (2017-2023) in the 100m category, and a three-time champion (2017, 2019, 2020) in the 200m category.
- In the 100-meter race, the personal best is 10.96 seconds, achieved at La Chaux-de-Fonds in 2023, setting a new national record.
- -For the 200-meter event, the personal best stands at 23.19 seconds, accomplished in Canberra in 2019.
- In indoor competitions, the personal best for the 60-meter race is 7.13 seconds, setting a new national indoor record in Belgrade in 2022.
Net Worth 2023
Net worth ranging from $1 million to $5 million in 2023.
Latest News About Zoe Hobbs
Zoe Hobbs Qualifies For Paris Olympics
Zoe Hobbs, with a remarkable time of 10.96 seconds, has secured her qualification for the Paris Olympics, becoming only the second female sprinter from New Zealand to achieve this in almost a century. The previous representation by a female sprinter from New Zealand was witnessed at the 1928 Amsterdam Games, where Norma Marsh (nee Wilson) competed in the 100m event.
During her recent European season opener at the Lausanne Diamond League, Hobbs clocked a time of 11.20 seconds. However, it was in the heats at the World Athletics Continental Tour Challenger in Switzerland that she truly shined, recording a time of 10.96 seconds and securing her place in Paris. Not only did she win the race, but she also established a new national and area record.
Hobbs expressed her surprise at her outstanding performance, given the challenging conditions she faced. Despite the 15-degree weather, a 20-minute delay, and unpredictable winds, she surpassed her own expectations. She never anticipated running a personal best time in the heat, let alone achieving the Olympic qualification. The unexpected result left her in awe.
With the qualification accomplished, Hobbs will now focus on preparing for the World Track and Field Championships in Budapest, scheduled for August. She expressed her joy and relief at achieving the qualification early, as it removes a significant burden and allows her to concentrate on her upcoming competitions without the pressure of chasing the time requirement. She expressed her gratitude for the unwavering support from her dedicated team, especially her family and coach, James Mortimer.
In addition to her impressive qualification, Hobbs went on to win the final with a time of 11.13 seconds, further solidifying her position as a top-tier sprinter.