Simona Staicu

Simona Staicu (born 5 May 1971 in Băileşti, Romania) is a Romanian-born Hungarian long-distance and marathon runner.[1] Transferring her allegiance from Romania in 2000 to compete internationally for Hungary, Staicu has won numerous titles in the half-marathon, and has attained a personal best of 2:29:59 at the Milano City Marathon in Milan, Italy.[2] Staicu trains under the tutelage of her husband, coach, and former runner András Juhász, as a member of the track and field team, at Budapesti Vasutas Sport Club in Budapest.[3]

Simona Staicu
Personal information
Full nameSimona Staicu
Nationality Hungary
Born (1971-05-05) 5 May 1971 (age 49)
Băileşti, Romania
Height1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)[1]
Weight47 kg (104 lb)[1]
Event(s)Long-distance running, marathon
ClubBudapesti VSC
Coached byAndrás Juhász
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)5000 m: 15:36.69
10000 m: 32:36.88
Marathon: 2:29:59

Staicu qualified for the Hungarian team, as a 33-year-old, in the women's marathon at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. She registered an IAAF A-standard and a 2004 seasonal best of 2:36:46, following her victory at the Osaka Marathon in Japan. Staicu finished the race with a forty-fifth place time in 2:48:57 from a vast field of 83 marathon runners, just twelve seconds slower than her entry standard.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b c Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Simona Staicu". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  2. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (1 December 2002). "Okayo fights back from Big Apple disappointment to win Milan Marathon". IAAF. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Staicu és Juhász sikere a futógálán" [Staicu and Juhász brought success to the running scene] (in Hungarian). 28 June 2004. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  4. ^ "IAAF Athens 2004: Women's Marathon". Athens 2004. IAAF. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
  5. ^ "Nogucsi nyert, Radcliffe feladta a női maratont" [Noguchi wins, Radcliffe gave up the marathon race] (in Hungarian). 22 August 2004. Retrieved 29 September 2015.

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