Constantina Dita in 2012
January 23, 1970 |
|Residence||Boulder, Colorado, United States|
|Height||1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)|
|Weight||48 kg (106 lb)|
|Club||CS Pandurii Tg. Jiu|
Constantina Diţă (formerly Constantina Diţă-Tomescu born on January 23, 1970 in Turburea, Gorj County), is a Romanian long-distance runner, who specializes mainly in the half marathon and marathon. She was the marathon gold medallist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, having previously won a bronze medal at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics. She also represented her country at the Olympics in 2000 and 2004.
As a child, Diţă became interested in athletics and particularly admired Maricica Puică after seeing her win the 3000 metres gold at the 1984 Summer Olympics. Diţă had her first successes at the 1999 European Cross Country Championships at which she won silver medals in the individual race and the team race with Romania. She began competing in the marathon and was tenth at the 2001 World Championships in Athletics. She ran in the Olympic marathon at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens (finishing twentieth) and went on to win the Chicago Marathon later that year, running a personal best of 2:21:30.
After winning the marathon bronze at the 2005 World Championships she became the World Half Marathon Champion. She won a silver medal at the 2006 IAAF World Road Running Championships and reached the podium of the 2007 London Marathon, taking third place.
Diţă won the women's marathon at the 2008 Summer Olympics in 2 hours, 26 minutes and 44 seconds. At 38 years of age, she became the oldest Olympic marathon champion in history. Previously the oldest man to win an Olympic marathon was aged 37 and the oldest woman was aged 30. She lives and trains at altitude in Boulder, Colorado, and was married to her coach, Valeriu Tomescu, until they divorced in 2008.
- 5000 metres – 15:28.91 min (2000)
- 10,000 metres – 31:49.47 min (2006)
- Half marathon – 1:08:07 hrs (2006)
- Marathon – 2:21:30 hrs (2005)
|2001||Tokyo Marathon||Tokyo, Japan||4th||Marathon||2:26:39|
|2004||Chicago Marathon||Chicago, United States||1st||Marathon||2:21:30 PB|
|2007||London Marathon||London, United Kingdom||3rd||Marathon||2:23.55|
- Romanian sportsperson of the year: 2008
- National Sports Award: 2009
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- Dita admires Maricica Puica. Spikes Magazine. Retrieved on 2010-04-30.
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