Christelle Daunay

Christelle Daunay (born 5 December 1974 in Le Mans, Sarthe) is a French long distance runner who specialises in road running. She is the current French marathon record holder. She represented France at the 2008 Summer Olympics and has competed a number of times in the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships. She has had top-three finishes in the New York Marathon, Paris Marathon and the Course Paris-Versailles

Christelle Daunay
Christelle Daunay Zurich 2014.jpg
Medal record
Women's athletics
Representing  France
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 2014 Zürich Marathon


Christelle Daunay started athletics at the age of 11. She ran track races between 3000 metres and 10,000 metres, cross country competitions, the half marathon and marathon.

Since 2005 she has been affiliated to the SCO Sainte-Marguerite (Marseille) ("Sports and Cultural Society of Sainte-Marguerite (Marseille)"). In February 2006 she put her career as a physiotherapist on hold in order to prepare full-time for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

With her time of 2 hours 28 minutes and 24 seconds on 27 January 2008 at the Osaka Ladies Marathon[1] (10th place), she not only beat the previous French record established by Chantal Dällenbach, but also qualified for the marathon in the 2008 Olympics. This was her second major marathon, her first being the Paris Marathon in 2007 where she came third with a time of 2:28:54.

She came in 20th in the women's marathon at the 2008 Olympic Games, with a time of 2:31:48.

She came third in the 2009 Paris Marathon setting a new French national record of 2:25:43, beating her previous record time set in 2008. In 2009 Daunay entered in her first New York Marathon. She came third with a time of 2:29:16. She further improved her French record at the 2010 Paris Marathon, in which she ran a time of 2:24:22 for second place.[2]

She was the runner-up at the Great Manchester Run in May 2011, finishing behind the home-favourite Helen Clitheroe.[3] A month later she took the silver medal at the European Cup 10000m, just missing the French record with a personal best run of 31:44.84 minutes for the distance.[4] She ran at the Great Ireland Run in 2012 and came third.[5] She was third at the European Cup 10000m and set a new French record for the distance with her time of 31:35.81 minutes.[6] She was ten seconds off the 10K French road record at the Corrida de Langueux later that month, where time of 31:48 minutes was a course record.[7] She missed the rest of the 2012 season.

Daunay began 2013 win 10K wins in Nice and Marseille and placed 35th at the 2013 IAAF World Cross Country Championships. She entered the Manchester Run and came third despite a fall early on.[8]


Daunay (left) next to Kim Smith at the 2010 New York City Marathon


  • 2008 Olympic Games at Peking - 20th place

Road racesEdit

National titlesEdit

  • Cross country - 2007, 2009
  • 10,000 m - 2006, 2008, 2009
  • 5000 m - 2003, 2004
  • Half marathon - 2004

Personal bestsEdit

  • Marathon : 2:24:22 (NR, 11 April 2010)
  • Half marathon : 1:08:34 (NR, 17 October 2010)
  • 10 km on road : 31:59 (15 May 2011) Manchester
  • 10,000 m : 31:35.81 (NR, 3 June 2012) Bilbao
  • 5000 m : 15:24.48 (30 May 2010) Hengelo
  • 3000 m : 9:02.16 (18 June 2011) Stockholm


  1. ^ Classement de l'édition 2008 Archived January 8, 2009, at the Wayback Machine (in French)
  2. ^ Vazel, Pierre Jean (2010-04-11). 2:22:03 World lead for Baysa, Tola improves to 2:06:37 - Paris Marathon report. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-04-11.
  3. ^ Wenig, Jorg (2011-05-15). Gebrselassie takes fourth Manchester 10Km victory, Clitheroe surprises. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-05-27.
  4. ^ Portugal double victory at the European Cup 10000m Archived 2011-06-08 at the Wayback Machine. European Athletics (2011-06-04). Retrieved on 2011-06-05.
  5. ^ Martin, David (2012-04-15). Bekele sparkles with 27:49 10km in Dublin. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-04-21.
  6. ^ Ramsak, Bob (2012-06-04). Moreira and Kemboi Arikan take the European Cup 10,000m titles. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-06-10.
  7. ^ Vazel, Pierre-Jean (2012-06-24). Home victory in Langueux. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-07-09.
  8. ^ Wenig, Jörg (2013-05-26). World lead and course record for Tirunesh Dibaba over 10km in Manchester. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-06-01.

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