Gelindo Bordin

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Gelindo Bordin
Personal information
Born (1959-04-02) 2 April 1959 (age 60)
Vicenza, Italy
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight68 kg (150 lb)
CountryItaly Italy
ClubAtalanta Paf Alitrans Verona
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • Marathon: 2:08:19 (1990)

Gelindo Bordin (born 2 April 1959) is an Italian former athlete, winner of the marathon race at the 1988 Summer Olympics. He is the only male to win both the Boston Marathon and an Olympic gold medal in the marathon.


Born at Vicenza, Bordin made his first breakthrough at the 1986 European Championships, where he won a gold medal.[1] His next international competition was at the 1987 World Championships in Rome. The marathon race was held on a very hot and humid day, and Bordin wisely held back from the leaders in the early stages. He caught up the leaders after the 35 km mark and finally settled to third place.

At the Olympic marathon in Seoul, Bordin stayed with the leaders from the start, and after 25 km (16 mi) the leading pack started losing contact one by one, and with 5 km (3.1 mi) remaining, only three runners remained: Bordin, Douglas Wakiihuri from Kenya and Hussein Ahmed Salah from Djibouti. With 3 km (1.9 mi) to go, Salah and Wakiihuri sprinted forward, and Bordin passed them with 1 km (0.62 mi) to go to win the gold medal.[2]

Bordin successfully defended his European marathon title in 1990, becoming the first man to win the title twice, but at the 1991 World Championships in Tokyo, he finished in a disappointing eighth place.[3] Bordin attempted to defend his Olympic title at 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, but he strained a groin muscle jumping over a fallen runner just after the halfway mark, and failed to finish. Shortly after the Olympics Bordin decided to retire.[4]

Bordin is the only male to win both the Boston Marathon and an Olympic gold medal in the marathon.[5] He won the Boston Marathon in 1990 and describes the victory as his "second greatest run, after winning the Olympics".[6]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
1986 European Championships Stuttgart, West Germany 1st Marathon 2:10:54
1987 Rome City Marathon Rome, Italy 1st Marathon 2:16:03
World Championships Rome, Italy 3rd Marathon 2:12:40
1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 1st Marathon 2:10:32
1990 Boston Marathon Boston, United States 1st Marathon 2:08:19
European Championships Split, FR Yugoslavia 1st Marathon 2:14:02
Venice Marathon Venice, Italy 1st Marathon 2:13:42
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan 8th Marathon 2:17:03
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain Marathon DNF

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Gelindo Bordin" (in Italian). Retrieved 7 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Gelindo Bordin Biography and Olympic Results". Archived from the original on 30 June 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2012.
  3. ^ "Gelindo Bordin Career Results". Retrieved 7 July 2012.
  4. ^ "Kibiwott takes his second career win in Turin". 13 April 2008. Retrieved 7 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Boston Marathon: Just the Facts". Runners World. 15 March 2007. Archived from the original on 1 February 2013. Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  6. ^ Jim Gerweck (18 April 2010). "1990 Champ Gelindo Bordin and the Olympic Jinx". Runners World. Retrieved 10 August 2012.

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