Constantina Diṭă-Tomescu

Constantina Diṭă-Tomescu

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Constantina Diṭă
Nationality Romanian
Born Jan. 23, 1970 at Turburea, Romania
Current Residence Boulder, Colorado, United States

Constantina Diṭă-Tomescu (born Constantina Diṭă [1] on 23 January 1970 in Turburea, Gorj County), is a Romanian long-distance runner who specializes mainly in the half marathon and marathon. She 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 age 37 and the oldest woman was age 30. She lives and trains at altitude in Boulder, Colorado, and is married to her coach, Valeriu Tomescu. [2] [3] [4]



Year Tournament Venue Result Event
1999 World Half Marathon Championships Palermo, Italy 12th Half marathon
2001 World Championships Edmonton, Canada 10th Marathon
2002 European Championships Munich, Germany 7th 10,000 m
2003 World Half Marathon Championships Vilamoura, Portugal 5th Half marathon
2004 World Half Marathon Championships New Delhi, India 3rd Half marathon
Chicago Marathon Chicago, United States 1st Marathon, 2:21:30 PB
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 3rd Marathon
World Half Marathon Championships Edmonton, Canada 1st Half marathon
2006 European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 11th 10,000 m, 31:49.47 PB
World Road Running Championships Debrecen, Hungary 2nd 20 km
2007 London Marathon London, United Kingdom 3rd Marathon, 2:23.55
2008 2008 Summer Olympics Beijing, China 1st Marathon, 2:26:44 SB

Personal bests

  • 5000 metres - 15:28.91 min (2000)
  • 10,000 metres - 31:49.47 min (2006)
  • Half marathon - 1:08:10 hrs (2002)
  • Marathon - 2:21:30 hrs (2005)


  1. [1], accessed 8/17/2008
  2. Marathon Drama Left for Silver as Romanian Runs Away With Gold New York Times, accessed 08/17/2008
  3. Tomescu improving with age like fine wine, accessed 08/17/08
  4. Romanian runs away with marathon Toronto Star, accessed 08/17/2008

External links

IAAF profile for Constantina Tomescu