Lidia Slăvuțeanu-Șimon (born 4 September 1973) is a Romanian long-distance runner. She competed in the Olympic marathon five times (1996–2012), winning a silver medal at the 2000 Olympics.[1] She is also a former marathon world champion.

Lidia Șimon
Lidia Șimon 2009.jpg
Șimon at the 2009 World Championships
Personal information
Born (1973-09-04) 4 September 1973 (age 46)
Târgu Cărbunești, Romania
Height1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)[1]
Weight43 kg (95 lb)[1]
Event(s)10,000 m, marathon
ClubDinamo Bucureşti
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)10,000 m – 31:32.64 (1998)
Marathon – 2:22.54 (2000)[2]


Competing in the marathon, she won bronze medals at the World Championships in 1997 and 1999, before finally winning the gold medal in Edmonton 2001. She won a bronze medal over 10,000 metres at the 1998 European Championships.

At the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney she won the silver medal behind Naoko Takahashi, Japan but ahead of Joyce Chepchumba, Kenya. Between 2003 and early 2004, she took a break from running to concentrate on her baby. She returned to compete at the 2004 Summer Olympics, but she failed to finish the race. She finished the 2008 Olympic marathon in eighth place. At the age of 38, she competed in her fifth Olympic marathon (the first woman to do so) in London, finishing 45th overall.

She has been highly successful at the Osaka Ladies Marathon, winning three times consecutively from 1998 to 2000. Her personal best in the marathon came during her win in 2000, in which she finished with a time of 2:22:54.[3] Between 2000 and 2002 she appeared several times on Japanese variety television shows, running handicap races against teams of Japanese TV tarentos. The only person to defeat Șimon was her own husband, who, not being a professional athlete, started among one group of tarentos and managed not only to outrun all the TV stars but to cross the finish line with 30 seconds left of his 5-minute headstart over Lidia, to a standing ovation from the Japanese audience.

Șimon has experienced much success at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships, taking individual silver and team gold at her first championships in 1996. She went on to take individual bronze medals at the 1997, 1998 and 2000 editions of the championships, in addition to further team gold and silver medals with Romania. Her personal best time of 1:08:34 hours over the distance is the Romanian record.

She was the winner at the first edition of the combined Osaka Marathon in October 2011.[4]

Among other achievements on the international road racing circuit, she won the Bolder Boulder 10K and Sapporo Half Marathon in 1999, and the Boilermaker Road Race and Shanghai Marathon in 2007.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing   Romania
1994 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 10th Marathon 2:36.14
1995 World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 10th Marathon 2:33:18
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 6th Marathon 2:31:04
1997 World Championships Athens, Greece 3rd Marathon 2:31:55
1998 Osaka International Ladies Marathon Osaka, Japan 1st Marathon 2:28:31
1999 Osaka International Ladies Marathon Osaka, Japan 1st Marathon 2:23:24
2000 Osaka International Ladies Marathon Osaka, Japan 1st Marathon 2:22:54
Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 2nd Marathon 2:23:22
World Half Marathon Championships Veracruz, Mexico 3rd Half marathon 1:10:24
1st Team 3:34:22
2001 London Marathon London, United Kingdom 4th Marathon 2:24:15
World Championships Edmonton, Canada 1st Marathon 2:26:01
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece DNF Marathon DNF
2007 Shanghai Marathon Shanghai, PR China 1st Marathon 2:29:28
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, PR China 8th Marathon 2:27:51
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 45th Marathon 2:32:46


  1. ^ a b c Lidia Șimon.
  2. ^ Lidia Simon (née Slavuteanu).
  3. ^ Nakamura, Ken (29 January 2010). Can Akaba fulfill her marathon potential? – Osaka Ladies Marathon PREVIEW. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-01-29.
  4. ^ October 2011 AIMS Results. AIMS (October 2011). Retrieved on 1 November 2011.

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