Stefano Baldini

Stefano Baldini (born 25 May 1971 in Castelnovo di Sotto, Emilia-Romagna, Italy) is a retired Italian runner who specialized in the marathon. He was the Olympic champion in Athens and was twice European champion (1998 and 2006).

Stefano Baldini
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Personal information
NationalityItalian
Born (1971-05-25) 25 May 1971 (age 49)
Castelnovo di Sotto, Italy
Height1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Weight123 lb 62 kg (137 lb)
Sport
CountryItaly Italy
SportAthletics
Event(s)Marathon
Coached byLuciano Gigliotti
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • Marathon: 2:07:22 (2006) Sport records icon NR.svg

BiographyEdit

Baldini was also a world champion in the half marathon, taking the title in Palma de Mallorca in 1996. In the 2004 Summer Olympics, Baldini finished first in the men's marathon, winning a gold medal. He finished ahead of Brazilian Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima, who was leading the marathon until being pushed off the course by protester Neil Horan.

After a disappointing 2007 season in which he did not complete the London Marathon, Baldini chose to run the New York City Marathon, finishing 4th. Baldini closed his Olympic career at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, finishing 12th.[2]

Baldini ended his career in October 2010, having originally planned a final race at the Giro al Sas but deciding against the race because of injury.[3]

AchievementsEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing   Italy
1990 World Junior Championships Plovdiv, Bulgaria 6th 5000m 13:54.38
1994 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 20th 10,000m 28:41.82
1996 World Half Marathon Championships Palma de Mallorca, Spain 1st Half marathon 1:01:17
1997 London Marathon London, United Kingdom 2nd Marathon 2:07:57
New York City Marathon New York City, United States 3rd Marathon 2:09:31
1998 Rome Marathon Rome, Italy 1st Marathon 2:09:33
European Championships Budapest, Hungary 1st Marathon 2:12:01
2000 London Marathon London, United Kingdom 6th Marathon 2:09:45
2001 Turin Marathon Turin, Italy 2nd Marathon 2:08:51
World Championships Edmonton, Canada 3rd Marathon 2:13:18
Madrid Millenium Marathon Madrid, Spain 1st Marathon 2:09:59
2002 London Marathon London, United Kingdom 6th Marathon 2:07:29
New York City Marathon New York City, United States 5th Marathon 2:09:12
2003 London Marathon London, United Kingdom 2nd Marathon 2:07:56
World Championships Paris, France 3rd Marathon 2:09:14
2004 London Marathon London, United Kingdom 4th Marathon 2:08:37
Olympic Games Athens, Greece 1st Marathon 2:10:55
2005 London Marathon London, United Kingdom 5th Marathon 2:09:25
2006 London Marathon London, United Kingdom 5th Marathon 2:07:22
European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 1st Marathon 2:11:32
New York City Marathon New York City, United States 6th Marathon 2:11:33
2007 New York City Marathon New York City, United States 4th Marathon 2:11:58
2008 London Marathon London, United Kingdom 12th Marathon 2:13:06
Olympic Games Beijing, China 12th Marathon 2:13:25

National titlesEdit

He won 13 national championships.[4]

  • Italian Athletics Championships
    • 10,000 metres: 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2001, 2002 (6)
    • 10 km road: 2010
    • Half marathon: 1995, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2009 (6)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ The ranking coincided with the ranking of the 1998 European Championships marathon race.
  2. ^ Official results of the Beijing 2008 Olympics: Marathon
  3. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2010-10-11). Baldini, Italian Marathon legend, retires – A look back. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-10-16.
  4. ^ "2 titoli italiani per la Corradini con Stefano Baldini e Elena Rango" (in Italian). fidal.it. Retrieved 2 September 2018. Quello di Baldini è il suo 13° titolo nazionale assoluto: proviamo a contarli, sperando di non dimenticarne nessuno. Sono 6 sui 10000 metri (1993-1994-1995-1996-2001-2002), 6 sulla mezza maratona (1995-1998-2001-2004-2006-2009) e 1 sui 10 km su strada assegnato per la prima volta quest’anno.

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