Straneo competing at the 2012 Olympic Games.
5 April 1976|
|Height||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|Weight||44 kg (97 lb)|
|Event(s)||Long distance running|
|Club||Runner Team 99|
|Coached by||Beatrice Brossa|
|Achievements and titles|
Born in Alessandria, it was only after the removal of her spleen, in 2010, that she began to reach a national standard of running. At 35 years old, she ranked eighth in the 2011 Berlin Marathon with a time of 2:26:33 hours. This met the qualifying standard for the 2012 Olympic Games, but three other athletes had run faster than her (Anna Incerti, Rosaria Console and Nadia Ejjafini). However, she broke the 12-year-old Italian record at the Rotterdam Marathon in April, finishing as runner-up with a time of 2:23:44 hours. The Turin Marathon saw her finish third with a time of 2:27:04 hours.
Straneo has represented the Italy national athletics team once (at the 2011 European Cross Country Championships) and has won twice at the national championships. She has two children, Leonardo (born 2006) and Arianna (born 2007).
- Half marathon: 1:07:46 ( Ostia, 26 February 2012) - Current holder.
- Marathon: 2:23:44 ( Rotterdam, 15 April 2012) - Current holder.
|2011||European Cross Country Championships||Velenje||10th||Cross country running||26:42|
|2013||Mediterranean Games||Mersin||1st||Half Marathon||1:11:00|
|World Championships in Athletics||Moscow||2nd||Marathon||2:25:58|
|2014||European Championships in Athletics||Zurich||2nd||Marathon||2:25:27|
She has won, at 36 years old for her first time, the individual national championship.
- 1 win in half marathon (2012)
- Italian records in athletics
- Italian all-time lists - Half marathon
- Italian all-time lists - Marathon
- "Roma-Ostia da record Straneo" (in Italian). FIDAL. 26 February 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2012.
- "Valeria Straneo" (in Italian). FIDAL. Retrieved 15 April 2012.
- "La Straneo cerca Londra a Rotterdam" (in Italian). FIDAL. Retrieved 15 April 2012.
- "Straneo record a Rotterdam 2h23:44" (in Italian). FIDAL. 15 April 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2012.
- van Hemert, Wim (25 April 2012). "Spectacular double Ethiopian success brings home 2:04 and 2:18 victories in Rotterdam". IAAF. Retrieved 22 April 2012.
- Sampaolo, Diego (18 November 2012). "Cherop and Terer dominate in Turin". IAAF. Retrieved 14 February 2013.
- "Straneo record a Rotterdam 2h23:44" (in Italian). FIDAL. 15 April 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
- "Campionati "Assoluti" italiani sul Podio Tricolore – 1923 2012" [Championship "Absolute" Italians on the Tricolore Podium 1923 2012] (PDF). sportolimpico.it (in Italian). Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 December 2012. Retrieved 13 December 2012.