Gelindo Bordin was the first Italian to win the Olympic gold in the marathon at Seoul ‘88. He also won the European title in Stuttgart ‘86 and Split ‘90. Born in Longare near Vicenza on 2 April 1959, Bordin followed in the footsteps of great Italian marathon runners Orlando Pizzolato and Gianni Poli and the experience he gained with coach Luciano Gigliotti laid the groundwork for Stefano Baldini’s win in Athens in 2004. Gelindo also won bronze at the 1987 world championships in Rome, the forerunner to his stunning win in Seoul. However perhaps his best win came in Boston in April 1990 when he let nine African runners pull away before catching them all and winning with a then Italian record time of 02:08:19. Bordin retired in 1993 before embarking on a successful managerial career at FILA, Swatch and Diadora, working as merchandising director at the latter.