Andrea Lalli

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Andrea Lalli
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Personal information
Born (1987-05-20) 20 May 1987 (age 30)
Florence, Italy
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 6 12 in)
Weight 56 kg (123 lb)
Country Italy Italy
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Long distance running
Club G.S. Fiamme Gialle
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • 1500 m: 3:43.36 (2008)
  • 3000 m: 8:03.20 (2008)
  • 5000 m: 13:45.61 (2009)
  • 10000 m: 28:17.64 (2010)
  • 15 Km: 43:22 (2012)
  • Half marathon: 1:01:11 (2012)

Andrea Lalli (born 20 May 1987 in Florence) is an Italian long distance runner.


He started his career with medals at the European Cross Country Championships, taking the junior individual and team titles at the 2006 edition and then winning the under-23 title in 2008. He won his first track medal at the 2009 European Athletics U23 Championships, where he was the runner-up in the 10,000 metres behind Turkey's Mert Girmalegesse, formerly of Ethiopia. Following a win at the Lotto Cross Cup Brussels in December, Lalli formed part of the bronze medal winning Italian men's team at the 2009 European Cross Country Championships.[1]

He claimed the short course title at the 2010 World Military Cross Country Championships in March.[2] He ran in the 10,000 m at the 2010 European Athletics Championships and was seventh in the final, while fellow Italian Daniele Meucci reached the podium. He had a career best finish of sixth in the senior race at the 2010 European Cross Country Championships, although the Italian team was fourth at the event.[3]

He made his debut over the half marathon at the Stramilano in March 2011 and managed to finish the course in a time of 62:32 minutes, being the first non-African finisher. This was the first time he had run the distance as, even in training, he had not exceeded 20 km.[4] Lalli missed the rest of the 2011 season as he underwent Achilles surgery. On his return, he was the runner-up at the 2012 European Clubs Cross Country, finishing behind Ayad Lamdassem but helping his club (Fiamme Gialle) to third in the competition.[5] At the Stramilano he came a close second to Yacob Jarso in a time of 1:01:11 hours – a personal best and the best performance by an Italian man at the event since 2002.[6]

He won the 2012 European Cross Country Championships title convincingly with a time of 30:01, 10 seconds ahead of the runner-up Hassan Chahdi from France.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Italy
2006 World Junior Championships Beijing, China 10,000 m DNF
2007 European U23 Championships Debrecen, Hungary 12th 5000 m 14:07.14
2008 European Cross Country Championships Brussels, Belgium 1st U23 race (8 km) 24:56
2nd U23 race - Team 42 pts
2009 European U23 Championships Kaunas, Lithuania 2nd 10,000 m 29:49.80
2010 European Championships Barcelona, Spain 7th 10,000 m 29:05.20
European Cross Country Championships Albufeira, Portugal 6th Senior race (9.87 km) 29:28
4th Senior race - Team 96 pts
2012 European Cross Country Championships Budapest, Hungary 1st Senior race (9.88 km) 30:01
3rd Senior race - Team 63 pts


  1. ^ Results - Senior Men. European Athletics (2009-12-13). Retrieved on 2011-03-28.
  2. ^ World Military Cross Country Championship. CISM. Retrieved on 2010-12-19.
  3. ^ Senior Men – Results. European Athletics (2010-12-12). Retrieved on 2011-03-28.
  4. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2011-03-27). Kisorio wins 40th edition of Stramilano Half Marathon in 60:03. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-03-28.
  5. ^ Valiente, Emeterio (2012-02-06). Castillejo upsets Makau at Granollers Half Marathon - Spanish weekend round-up. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-02-12.
  6. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2012-03-25). Jarso and Straneo beat the heat at the Stramilano. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-03-26.

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