Valeria Straneo

Valeria Straneo

Straneo competing at the 2012 Olympic Games.
Personal information
Nationality Italian
Born (1976-04-05) 5 April 1976
Alessandria, Italy
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight 44 kg (97 lb)
Country Italy Italy
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Long distance running
Club Runner Team 99
Coached by Beatrice Brossa
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • 10,000 m: 32:35.11 (2011)
  • Half marathon: 1:07:46 (2012)
  • Marathon: 2:23:44 (2012)

Valeria Straneo (born 5 April 1976) is an Italian long-distance runner, winner of the silver medal at the Moscow 2013 Athletics World Championships and Italian record holder in the marathon.

She won the Stramilano in 2011 and bettered the half marathon Italian record at the Roma-Ostia Half Marathon in 2012, although it was not ratified as the course doesn't meet Fidal criteria.[1]


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).[2][3] 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.[4][5] The Turin Marathon saw her finish third with a time of 2:27:04 hours.[6]

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).[2]

National records


Year Competition Venue Result Event Time Notes
2011 European Cross Country Championships Slovenia Velenje 10th Cross country running 26:42
2012 Olympic Games United Kingdom London 8th Marathon 2:25:27
2013 Mediterranean Games Turkey Mersin 1st Half Marathon 1:11:00
World Championships in Athletics Russia Moscow 2nd Marathon 2:25:58
2014 European Championships in Athletics Switzerland Zurich 2nd Marathon 2:25:27

Road races

National championships

She has won, at 36 years old for her first time, the individual national championship.[2][8]

See also


  1. "Roma-Ostia da record Straneo" (in Italian). FIDAL. 26 February 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2012.
  2. 1 2 3 "Valeria Straneo" (in Italian). FIDAL. Retrieved 15 April 2012.
  3. "La Straneo cerca Londra a Rotterdam" (in Italian). FIDAL. Retrieved 15 April 2012.
  4. 1 2 "Straneo record a Rotterdam 2h23:44" (in Italian). FIDAL. 15 April 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2012.
  5. 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.
  6. Sampaolo, Diego (18 November 2012). "Cherop and Terer dominate in Turin". IAAF. Retrieved 14 February 2013.
  7. "Straneo record a Rotterdam 2h23:44" (in Italian). FIDAL. 15 April 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  8. "Campionati "Assoluti" italiani sul Podio Tricolore – 1923 2012" [Championship "Absolute" Italians on the Tricolore Podium 1923 2012] (PDF). (in Italian). Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 December 2012. Retrieved 13 December 2012.
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