Valeria Straneo

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Valeria Straneo
Valeria Straneo (2015).jpg
Straneo competing at 2015 European 10,000m Cup
Personal information
Born (1976-04-05) 5 April 1976 (age 44)
Alessandria, Italy
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight44 kg (97 lb)
CountryItaly Italy
Event(s)Long distance running
ClubRunner Team 99
Laguna Running
Coached byBeatrice Brossa
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • 10,000 m: 32:35.12 (2011)
  • Half marathon: 1:07:46 (2012) Sport records icon NR.svg
  • Marathon: 2:23:45 (2012) Sport records icon NR.svg

Valeria Straneo (born 5 April 1976) is an Italian long-distance runner, winner of the silver medal at the 2013 World Championships in Athletics and Italian record holder in the marathon.

She won the Stramilano in 2011 and bettered the half marathon Italian record at the Roma-Ostia Half Marathon in 2012, although it was not ratified as the course doesn't meet Fidal criteria.[1]


Born in Alessandria, it was only after the removal of her spleen, in 2010, that she began to reach a national standard of running. At 35 years old, she ranked eighth in the 2011 Berlin Marathon with a time of 2:26:33 hours. This met the qualifying standard for the 2012 Olympic Games, but three other athletes had run faster than her (Anna Incerti, Rosaria Console and Nadia Ejjafini).[2][3] However, she broke the 12-year-old Italian record at the Rotterdam Marathon in April, finishing as runner-up with a time of 2:23:44 hours.[4][5] The Turin Marathon saw her finish third with a time of 2:27:04 hours.[6]

Straneo has represented the Italy national athletics team once (at the 2011 European Cross Country Championships) and has won twice at the national championships. She has two children, Leonardo (born 2006) and Arianna (born 2007).[2]

National records[edit]

  • Half marathon: 1:07:46 (Italy Ostia, 26 February 2012) - Current holder.[4]
  • Marathon: 2:23:44 (Netherlands Rotterdam, 15 April 2012) - Current holder.[7]


Year Competition Venue Result Event Time Notes
2011 European Cross Country Championships Slovenia Velenje 10th Cross country running 26:42
2012 Olympic Games United Kingdom London 8th Marathon 2:25:27
2013 Mediterranean Games Turkey Mersin 1st Half Marathon 1:11:00 Sport records icon CR.svg
World Championships in Athletics Russia Moscow 2nd Marathon 2:25:58 Sport records icon SB.svg
2014 European Championships in Athletics Switzerland Zurich 2nd Marathon 2:25:27
2016 Olympic Games Brazil Rio de Janeiro 13th Marathon 2:29:44 Sport records icon SB.svg

Road races[edit]

National titles[edit]

She has won, at 36 years old for her first time, the individual national championship.[2][8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Roma-Ostia da record Straneo" (in Italian). FIDAL. 26 February 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Valeria Straneo" (in Italian). FIDAL. Retrieved 15 April 2012.
  3. ^ "La Straneo cerca Londra a Rotterdam" (in Italian). FIDAL. Retrieved 15 April 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Straneo record a Rotterdam 2h23:44" (in Italian). FIDAL. 15 April 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2012.
  5. ^ van Hemert, Wim (25 April 2012). "Spectacular double Ethiopian success brings home 2:04 and 2:18 victories in Rotterdam". IAAF. Retrieved 22 April 2012.
  6. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (18 November 2012). "Cherop and Terer dominate in Turin". IAAF. Retrieved 14 February 2013.
  7. ^ "Straneo record a Rotterdam 2h23:44" (in Italian). FIDAL. 15 April 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  8. ^ "Campionati "Assoluti" italiani sul Podio Tricolore – 1923 2012" [Championship "Absolute" Italians on the Tricolore Podium 1923 2012] (PDF). (in Italian). Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 December 2012. Retrieved 13 December 2012.

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