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Constantina Tomescu-dita is a Romanian long-distance runner, who specializes mainly in the half marathon and marathon. As a child, Dita became interested in athletics and particularly admired Maricica Puica after seeing her win the 3000 metres gold at the 1984 Summer Olympics. Dita had her first successes at the 1999 European Cross Country Championships at which she won silver medals in the individual race and the team race with Romania.
She began competing in the marathon and was tenth at the 2001 World Championships in Athletics. She ran in the Olympic marathon at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens (finishing twentieth) and went on to win the Chicago Marathon later that year, running a personal best of 2:21:30. After winning the marathon bronze at the 2005 World Championships she became the World Half Marathon Champion. She won a silver medal at the 2006 IAAF World Road Running Championships and reached the podium of the 2007 London Marathon, taking third place. Dita won the women's marathon at the 2008 Summer Olympics in 2 hours, 26 minutes and 44 seconds. At 38 years of age, she became the oldest Olympic marathon champion in history. Previously the oldest man to win an Olympic marathon was aged 37 and the oldest woman was aged 30. She lives and trains at altitude in Boulder, Colorado, and was married to her coach, Valeriu Tomescu, until they divorced in 2008. She ran marathon at the 2012 Summer Olympics and finished in 86th place.