Petty was born in Christchurch and started competing in athletics at the age of 10.

Early on, she found the 800m, with its mix of both speed and endurance, was the best track discipline for her.

Petty competed at two World Championships, in Moscow in 2013 and Beijing in 2015 and at the World Indoor Championships in 2014.

She represented New Zealand at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, coming in fifth.

In 2015, she won gold at the World University Games 800m in Korea, running under two minutes for the first time in her career.

She went on to compete at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and win the women’s 800m race for an unprecedented eighth time at the Potts Classic in Hastings in 2017. She is currently ranked 39 in the world in the women’s 800m.

Petty lives in Christchurch with her husband, triathlete Sam Petty, and works part-time in early-childhood education.

800m track athlete Angie Petty. Credit: Photosport
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