Romania’s 2008 Olympic champion Constantina Dita has been named an envoy for the World Athletics Half Marathon Championships Gdynia 2020 on 17 October.
Dita competed at eight editions of the World Half Marathon Championships and earned seven medals within the course of, making her some of the profitable athletes within the historical past of the occasion. Her double victory in Edmonton in 2005, taking particular person and group gold medals, stays one of many highlights of her profession.
“I used to be shocked (to win by a big margin),” she stated of her 2005 triumph. “I used to be operating a traditional tempo however possibly the opposition discovered it very chilly. For me, it was good climate. I like to run within the rain.
“It was such a contented feeling to win my first gold medal at a significant championship. For me, it was wonderful and it was near what it might have felt wish to win a gold medal on the observe and area World Championships.
“To win my gold medal was an incredible achievement,” she added. “It gave me a lot encouragement to run higher in different races.”
Dita did precisely that, and three years later she received the marathon gold medal on the 2008 Olympic Video games in Beijing.
Alongside together with her main championship medals, Dita was additionally profitable at huge metropolis marathons. She received the 2004 Chicago Marathon and completed second in 2005. She additionally made it on to the rostrum at three editions of the London Marathon.
Immediately Dita divides her time between her native Romania and the USA, and continues to be concerned within the sport as founder and president of the annual Bucharest Worldwide 10km.
She nonetheless runs and final 12 months she accomplished the Berlin (3:07) and New York Metropolis (3:30) marathons. She hopes to sooner or later full the total set of six Marathon Majors by operating the Boston Marathon.