Milan, Italy – Reigning Olympic and European marathon champion Stefano Baldini of Italy will make his final competitive test at the 36th edition of the Stramilano International Half Marathon in Milan on Sunday 1 April just three weeks before he races at the Flora London Marathon on 22 April.
Baldini’s test at the half marathon distance comes after the second of his seasonal training stints in Namibia where he trained with a group of top Italian marathon runners under the guidance of Lucio Gigliotti.
The Olympic champion suffered a setback in mid-February when a bout of flu forced him to miss a crucial week of preparation. He had to pull out of the Italian Club Cross Championships in Modena which were staged not far from his home in Rubiera. He struggled to return to his best condition in the following weeks, and did not compete at the Cinque Mulini in his best shape and finished a distant 12th. But according to Gigliotti, who closely followed his training in Namibia, Baldini seems to be returning to his best form.