Stefano Baldini was born in Castelnovo di Sotto, near Reggio Emilia, on 25 May 1971. His CV boasts - besides numerous wins on the track and road all over the world - 13 Italian titles in the 10,000m and marathon, a victory in the European Cup, two European marathon titles, gold in the half marathon at the world championships and the Olympic gold at Athens 2004. He retired in October 2010. He holds the Italian record in the marathon at 02:07:22 which he ran in London in 2006. He is the former technical director of the Italian association of track and field (FIDAL).