• World Harmony Run

    World's Largest Torch Relay
    World Harmony Run

  • 1,000,000 Participants

    Across 6 Continents
    1,000,000 Participants

  • Dreaming of a more harmonious world

    100 countries
    Dreaming of Harmony

  • Schools And Kids

    Make a Wish for Peace
    Schools And Kids

  • Sri Chinmoy: World Harmony Run Founder

    World Harmony Run Founder
    Sri Chinmoy

  • Carl Lewis: World Harmony Run Spokesman

    World Harmony Run Spokesman
    Carl Lewis

  • New York, USA

    New York

  • London, Great Britain

    Great Britain

  • Shakhovskaya, Russia


  • Around Australia

    15,000 kms, 100 days
    Around Australia

  • Around Ireland

    14 Days, 1500km
    Around Ireland

  • Wanaka, New Zealand

    New Zealand

  • Arjang, Norway


  • Rekjavik, Iceland


  • Beijing, China


  • Prague, Czech Republic

    Czech Republic

  • Belgrade, Serbia


  • Lake Biwa, Japan

    Lake Biwa

  • Kapsait, Ethiopia


  • Pangkor Island, Malaysia

    Pangkor Island

  • Bali, Indonesia


  • The All Blacks, New Zealand

    The All Blacks
    New Zealand

77. Tatiana Grigorieva


August 15

Tatiana Grigorieva first won the hearts and minds of Australia on one of the great days in athletics history: 25 September 2000. Even sharing the field with so many great moments at the Sydney Olympics, it was impossible to ignore this newcomer who, dressed in green and gold, presented a silver medal performance in one of the most challenging of all athletic events – pole-vaulting.


While her feat impressed us, her story would inspire us. Formerly a 400-metre hurdler, she had failed to make the team in her native Russia. Undeterred, she started afresh – moving to a new nation, and taking up a new sport at age 21. Ignoring the derision of other athletes as she made her first attempts as a pole-vaulter, she continued to improve, becoming one of Australia’s best athletes, our only pole-vaulter to win an Olympic medal.

Though her athletics career would continue for a few more years (and include a Commonwealth Games gold medal), her post-athletics career has been no less intriguing. Recently she co-founded (with her partner, Plamen Milanov) one of Brisbane’s finest gelateria-cafés, Milany Caffe e Gelato. Once again, it has been a surprise success, as the one-time Olympic heroine has revealed her culinary talents, creating wonderful new ice-cream recipes. (She has long been a passionate cook.) Not so much the creations of an athlete, but the creations of someone who has always loved giving joy to others.

For her heart of 'Self-giving Oneness', Tatiana is a most deserving recipient of the World Harmony Run Torch-Bearer Award.