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Stefano Baldini

Full name: Stefano Baldini
Gender: Male
Height: 5'9" (176 cm)
Weight: 137 lbs (62 kg)
Born: May 25, 1971 in Castelnovo di Sotto, Reggio Emilia, Italy
Affiliations: Calcestruzzi Corradini Rubiera/Corradini Excelsior Rubiera
Country: ITA Italy
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Husband (separated) of Virna De Angeli.

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

After disappointing results at the Atlanta Games (18th and last in the final of the 10.000 m and eliminated in the semi-finals of the 5000 m), Stefano Baldini found that his strength was in marathons, a discipline in which he started in Venice in 1995. He wasn't in top condition at the 2000 Sydney Games and dropped out at the 18th km, whereas in Athens he obtained his greatest accomplishment, becoming the second Italian to win the Olympic marathon after Gelindo Bordin. Baldini held back from the other competitors in the main stages of the race, then attacked at the 36th km, closing the gap on the American Meb Keflezighi and the Brazilian Vanderlei de Lima, reaching the Panathinaiko Stadium first. Earlier in the race, leader de Lima lost seven seconds when he was attacked and shoved to the ground by Cornelius Horan, an ex-Irish priest. In addition to his Olympic gold medal, Baldini won two European titles (1998 and 2006) and 2 World Championship bronze medals (2001 and 2003) in the marathon, a half-marathon world title (1996), six Italian titles in the 10.000 m and five in the half-marathon, in addition to winning the marathons of Rome (1998) and Madrid (2001).

Personal Bests: 5000 – 13:23.43 (1996); 10000 – 27:43.98 (1996); Mar – 2-07:22 (2006).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1996 Summer 25 Atlanta Athletics Men's 5,000 metres Italy ITA 8 h2 r2/3
1996 Summer 25 Atlanta Athletics Men's 10,000 metres Italy ITA 18
2000 Summer 29 Sydney Athletics Men's Marathon Italy ITA AC DNF
2004 Summer 33 Athina Athletics Men's Marathon Italy ITA 1 Gold
2008 Summer 37 Beijing Athletics Men's Marathon Italy ITA 12

Men's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A)
1996 Summer 25 Atlanta Athletics Italy Semi-Finals Heat Two 8 14:06.45
1996 Summer 25 Atlanta Athletics Italy Round One Heat Three 8 QU 13:55.41

Men's 10,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A)
1996 Summer 25 Atlanta Athletics Italy Final 18 29:07.77
1996 Summer 25 Atlanta Athletics Italy Round One Heat One 6 QU 27:55.79

Men's Marathon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
2000 Summer 29 Sydney Athletics Italy Final Standings AC DNF
2004 Summer 33 Athina Athletics Italy Final Standings 1 2-10:55
2008 Summer 37 Beijing Athletics Italy Final Standings 12 2-13:25