Stefano Baldini

Stefano Baldini
Personal information
Nationality Italian
Born (1971-05-25) 25 May 1971
Castelnovo di Sotto, Italy
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Weight 62 kg (137 lb)
Country Italy Italy
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Marathon
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • Marathon: 2:07:22 (2006)

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).

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.[1]

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.[2]

International competitions

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
1998 European Championships Budapest, Hungary 1st Marathon 2:12:01
2001 World Championships Edmonton, Canada 3rd Marathon 2:13:18
2003 World Championships Paris, France 3rd Marathon 2:09:14
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 1st Marathon 2:10:55
2006 European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 1st Marathon 2:11:32

See also


Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Valentino Rossi
Italian Sportsman of the Year
Succeeded by
Filippo Magnini
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