Constantina Tomescu-Dita Is Olympic Gold Marathon Winner (Photos)

August 16, 2008

Meet Constantina Tomescu-Dita, a Romanian marathon runner. See photos, video and read a biography of Constantina below.

Constantina Tomescu-Dita took the lead at about the halfway mark of the Women’s Marathon in Beijing Sunday, taking home the gold and finishing the race in 2 hours, 26 minutes and 44 seconds. Kenya’s Catherine Ndereba took the silver and China’s Zhou Chunxiu took home the bronze.

As a biography, Constantina Tomescu-Dita was born on January 23, 1970 in Turburea, Gorj County, Romania. At 38 years old, she stands 5 feet 3 inches and weighs 106 pounds.

She currently holds the Romanian records for the 5k, 10k, 15k, Half Marathon and Marathon. She competed in the 2004 Athens Olympics and placed 20th, finishing with a time of 2:37:31. The following year, she won 2nd place at the Flora London Marathon and 3rd place at the World Championships Marathon. In 2006, she placed 7th in the Flora London Marathon and 5th in the Lasalle Bank Chicago Marathon. She took 3rd place in the 2007 Flora London Marathon with a time of 2:23:55.

She is married to her coach, Valeriu Tomescu and together they have a son, Raphael, who was born in 1995. She attended the Bucharest Sports Academy, where she graduated in February 2006 with a degree in Sports and Physical Education.

Click below for more photos and video of Constantina Tomescu-Dita.

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12 Responses to “Constantina Tomescu-Dita Is Olympic Gold Marathon Winner (Photos)”

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  1. 1
    Hazel Says:

    I watched her run tonight and it was really amazing. She was so far ahead of the others you couldn’t even see them coming up behind her.

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    ethnaln Says:

    What a magnificent creature!

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    ma Says:

    Isn’t she the woman who heroically struggled just to cross the finish line in Athens walking in pain and heat?
    That woman’s grit was as remarkable as Constantina blew past the ‘pack’.

  4. 4
    Sandra Izbasa Says:

    foarte bine mai avem un aur pentru romania,

    sa mai lucram si saa tragem tare sa fim pe primul loc!

    pupicii dragi de la gymnasta,
    Sandra Izbasa!

  5. 5
    Sandra Izbasa Says:

    foarte bine mai avem un aur pentru romania,

    sa mai lucram si saa tragem tare sa fim pe primul loc!

    !!!pupicii dragi de la gymnasta,
    Sandra Izbasa!

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    don foster Says:

    what an amazing run, well deserved Gold Medal for her !!

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    John Halderman Says:

    Constantina is such a great example of what can come about when a person has the right perspective to support what they want. She definately shows dedication, determination and persistance to get to this very successful level in her sport, all of which are not possible with the wrong perspective. How you look at things dictates how you think about them, thus how you act. Just because you get a bit older, you don’t necessarily have to give up your dreams.

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    Crissy Says:


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    Sky Says:

    I was amazed when I saw her running! :)

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    Daniel Says:

    Please I’m looking for a copy of the race. Did anyone recorded it? If you did please write to me at djustribo (at)

    Thanks in advance,


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