Daniele Meucci

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Daniele Meucci
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Personal information
National teamItaly (34 caps)
Born (1985-10-07) October 7, 1985 (age 35)
Pisa, Italy
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight62 kg (137 lb)
CountryItaly Italy
Event(s)Long distance
ClubC.S. Esercito
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • 5000m: 13:19.00 (2012)
  • 10,000m: 27:32.86 (2012)
  • Marathon: 2:10:45 (2018)
  • 10k: 28:08 (2020)

Daniele Meucci (born 7 October 1985) is an Italian athlete who specialises in long-distance running, including track running, cross country and road running who won twenty medals at international level (seventeen at senior level and three at youth level).[1]

He represented Italy at the 2012 Summer Olympics, running in the 5000 metres and 10,000 metres. Meucci is a three-time medallist in the latter event at the European Athletics Championships, having won bronze in 2010 and 2016 and silver in 2012. He was also a bronze medallist at the European Cross Country Championships in 2012. He has competed at five World Championships in Athletics (2009 and 2011 in the 5000 m, 2011, 2013 and 2017 in the 10000 m and 2015 in the marathon).


Early career[edit]

Born in Pisa, he began competing internationally in 2006 and was fourteen at the European Cup 10000m and improved to tenth place in the 10000 metres at the 2006 European Athletics Championships. He won a bronze medal and a team silver medal at under-23 level at that year's European Cross Country Championships, which was held in San Giorgio su Legnano. The following year he was sixth at the 2007 European Cup 10000m in Ferrara and won the 10,000 m bronze at the 2007 European Athletics U23 Championships.

He represented Italy on the world stage for the first time in 2008, but he only managed 99th place in the senior race at the 2008 IAAF World Cross Country Championships. He had greater success at European level that year, again taking sixth in the European Cup race and finishing twelfth in the senior race at the 2008 European Cross Country Championships.

Meucci took up road running in 2009 and was fifth at the Stramilano Half Marathon with a time of 1:02:56.[2] He returned to the track in the summer and took on the shorter 3000 metres at the 2009 European Team Championships, winning a bronze medal. Two months later he competed on the global track stage for the first time but he did not progress out of the 5000 metres heats at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics. Demonstrating his versatility over different surfaces, he was 18th at the 2009 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships on the streets of Birmingham in October (recording a personal best 1:02:43) and led the Italians to the team bronze with a ninth-place finish at the 2009 European Cross Country Championships.

European medals[edit]

The Italian slightly improved his half marathon best with a 1:02:41 run for fifth at the 2010 Roma Ostia Half Marathon,[3] and he ran his first full-length marathon at the Rome City Marathon soon after, where he was eleventh overall.[4] He won his first major medal later that year at the 2010 European Athletics Championships. In the men's 10,000 m he headed to the line after winner Mo Farah, but Chris Thompson just pipped Meucci at the line, leaving the Italian with a bronze medal.[5]

The following year he managed only eleventh in the 3000 m at the 2011 European Athletics Indoor Championships[6] He was beaten to the 2011 national title in the 5000 m by Stefano La Rosa, but set a personal best in the 10,000 m as a guest at the UK Championships, completing the distance in a time of 27:44.50 minutes.[7] He represented Italy in both long-distance track events at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics, coming twelfth over 10,000 m and tenth in the 5000 m. After the championships, a half marathon best (1:02:30 hours) came at the Udine Half Marathon and then he was runner-up behind Edwin Soi at the Giro al Sas 10K race.[8] He began 2012 with a third-place finish at the Great Ireland Run.[9]

In April 2012 he set his new personal best on 10,000 m in Palo Alto, California, with time 27:32.86 and qualified for 2012 Olympic team.[10] A month later he ran in the UAE Healthy Kidney 10K road race in New York and was a surprise winner in 28:28 minutes – a personal best.[11] He ran in both the 5000 m and 10,000 m at the 2012 European Athletics Championships: although he came fifth over the shorter distance, he managed a 10,000 m silver medal behind Kenyan-born Polat Kemboi Arıkan. He also doubled up at the 2012 London Olympics, where he was eliminated in the 5000 m and ranked 24th in the 10,000 m. In August he ran personal bests on the 2012 IAAF Diamond League circuit, running 7:41.74 for the 3000 m at the DN Galan and 8:28.28 minutes for the Two miles at the Birmingham Grand Prix. His season ended with two further European medals at the 2012 European Cross Country Championships, where he was the bronze medallist individually and in the team competition, alongside the race winner Andrea Lalli.

He knocked almost a minute and a half off his best at the 2013 NYC Half Marathon, coming second only to Wilson Kipsang in a time of 61:06 minutes.[12] At the 2014 European Championships, he finished in 6th in the 10000 m and won the men's marathon.[13] At the 2015 World Championships, he competed in the marathon, finishing in 8th place.

In 2019, he competed in the men's marathon at the 2019 World Athletics Championships held in Doha, Qatar.[14] He did not finish his race.[14]

Personal bests[edit]


Year Competition Venue Event Position Time
2005 European U23 Championships Germany Erfurt 10,000 m 14th 30:43.41
2006 European 10,000m Cup Turkey Antalya 10,000 m 14th 29:09.27
Team 3rd 1:27:10.52
European Championships Sweden Göteborg 10,000 m 10th 28:48.30
European Cross-Country Championships Italy San Giorgio su Legnano Youth race 3rd 23:16
Team 2nd
2007 European 10,000m Cup Italy Ferrara 10,000 m 6th 28:56.70
Team 2nd 1:27:44-24
European U23 Championships Hungary Debrecen 10,000 m 3rd 29:18.26
2008 World Cross-Country Championships United Kingdom Edinburgh 12 km 99th 38:28
European Cup France Annecy 5000 m 3rd 14: 03.04
European 10,000m Cup Turkey Istanbul 10,000 m 6th 28:56.53
Team 3rd 1:28:36.56
European Cross-Country Championships Belgium Brussels 10 km 12th 31:41
2009 European Team Championships Portugal Leiria 3000 m 3rd 8:02.22
2009 World Championships Germany Berlin 5000 m heat 13:37.79
World Half Marathon Championships United Kingdom Birmingham half marathon 18th 62:43
European Cross-Country Championships Republic of Ireland Dublin 9 km 9th 31:42
Team 3rd
2010 European 10,000m Cup France Marseille 10,000 m 8th 28:39.05
European Team Championship Norway Bergen 5000 m 5th 13:56.95
European Championships Spain Barcelona 10,000 m 3rd 28:27.33
5000 m 6th 13:40.17
Continental Cup Croatia Split 3000 m 7th 7:57.98
2011 European Indoor Championships France Paris 3000 m 11th 8:04.82
2012 European Championships Finland Helsinki 10,000 m 2nd 28:22.73
Olympic Games United Kingdom London 10,000 m 24 th 28:57.46
5000 m heat 13:28.71
European Cross-Country Championships Hungary Budapest Senior race 3rd 30:13
Team 3rd
2013 European Team Championships United Kingdom Gateshead 3000 m 9th 8:06.46
Mediterranean Games Turkey Mersin 5000 m 4th 13: 45.12
World Championships Russia Moscow 10,000 m 19th 28: 06.74
2014 Half Marathon World Championships Denmark Copenhagen Half marathon 27th 61:57
European Championships Switzerland Zurich 10,000 m 6th 28: 19.79
Marathon 1st 2:11:08
2015 World Championships China Beijing Marathon 8th 2:14:54
2016 European 10,000m Cup Turkey Mersin 10,000 m 1st 28:24.71
Team 1st
European Championships Netherlands Amsterdam Half marathon 3rd 1:02:38
Team 3rd
2017 World Championships United Kingdom London Marathon 5th 2:10.56
2018 European Cross-Country Championships Netherlands Tilburg Team 3rd
2019 European 10,000m Cup United Kingdom London 10,000 m 17th 28:38.35 SB
Team 1st 1:24:25.02

National titles[edit]

He won 10 national championships at senior level.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Daniel Meucci - Biography". fidal.it. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  2. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2009-04-05). Kimugul and Kebede take Stramilano Half Marathon titles. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-07-31.
  3. ^ Zorzi, Alberto (2010-02-28). Kimeli and Timbilil battle the winds to take Roma Ostia titles. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-07-31.
  4. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2010-03-21). Ethiopian double as Rome celebrates Bikila – Rome Marathon report. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-07-31.
  5. ^ Farah finds relief at the end of a long, hard road. European Athletics (2010-09-27). Retrieved on 2010-07-31.
  6. ^ Final Results. 2011 European Indoors. Retrieved on 2011-10-10.
  7. ^ 2011 Italian Athletics Championships Results Archived 2011-06-29 at the Wayback Machine. FIDAL. Retrieved on 2011-10-10.
  8. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2011-10-10). Kurgat clocks course record in Carpi. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-10-10.
  9. ^ Martin, David (2012-04-15). Bekele sparkles with 27:49 10km in Dublin. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-04-21.
  10. ^ "Meucci vola al personale" (in Italian). fidal.it. Retrieved 30 April 2012.
  11. ^ Loeb, Lauren (2012-05-12). Meucci takes Manhattan. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-05-18.
  12. ^ Battaglia, Joe (2013-03-17). Wilson Kipsang gives high octane performance at chilly NYC Half. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-03-23.
  13. ^ "Men's 10000 m at the 2014 European Championships" (PDF). 13 August 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 September 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  14. ^ a b "Marathon Men − Final − Results" (PDF). IAAF. 5 October 2019. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 June 2020. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  15. ^ "Valencia, Meucci record italiano nei 10 km" (in Italian). fidal.it. 12 January 2020. Retrieved 13 January 2020.

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