|Born||25 May 1971|
Castelnovo di Sotto, Italy
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|Weight||62 kg (137 lb)|
|Coached by||Luciano Gigliotti|
|Achievements and titles|
Stefano Baldini (born 25 May 1971 in Castelnovo di Sotto, Emilia-Romagna, Italy) is a retired Italian runner who specialized in the marathon. He was the Olympic champion in Athens and was twice European champion (1998 and 2006).
Baldini was also a world champion in the half marathon, taking the title in Palma de Mallorca in 1996. In the 2004 Summer Olympics, Baldini finished first in the men's marathon, winning a gold medal. He finished ahead of Brazilian Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima, who was leading the marathon until being pushed off the course by protester Neil Horan.
After a disappointing 2007 season in which he did not complete the London Marathon, Baldini chose to run the New York City Marathon, finishing 4th. Baldini closed his Olympic career at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, finishing 12th.
|1990||World Junior Championships||Plovdiv, Bulgaria||6th||5000m||13:54.38|
|1994||European Championships||Helsinki, Finland||20th||10,000m||28:41.82|
|1996||World Half Marathon Championships||Palma de Mallorca, Spain||1st||Half marathon||1:01:17|
|1998||European Championships||Budapest, Hungary||1st||Marathon||2:12:01|
|2001||World Championships||Edmonton, Canada||3rd||Marathon||2:13:18|
|2003||World Championships||Paris, France||3rd||Marathon||2:09:14|
|2004||Olympic Games||Athens, Greece||1st||Marathon||2:10:55|
|2006||European Championships||Gothenburg, Sweden||1st||Marathon||2:11:32|
He won 13 national championships.
- Italian Athletics Championships
- 10,000 metres: 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2001, 2002 (6)
- 10 km road: 2010
- Half marathon: 1995, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2009 (6)
- FIDAL Hall of Fame
- Italian all-time lists - 10000 metres
- Italian all-time lists - half marathon
- Italian all-time lists - Marathon
- The ranking coincided with the ranking of the 1998 European Championships marathon race.
- Official results of the Beijing 2008 Olympics: Marathon
- Sampaolo, Diego (2010-10-11). Baldini, Italian Marathon legend, retires – A look back. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-10-16.
- "2 titoli italiani per la Corradini con Stefano Baldini e Elena Rango" (in Italian). fidal.it. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
Quello di Baldini è il suo 13° titolo nazionale assoluto: proviamo a contarli, sperando di non dimenticarne nessuno. Sono 6 sui 10000 metri (1993-1994-1995-1996-2001-2002), 6 sulla mezza maratona (1995-1998-2001-2004-2006-2009) e 1 sui 10 km su strada assegnato per la prima volta quest’anno.