First Olympic Finalist Donato Sabia dies due to Coronavirus.

Donato Sabia is the fifth to finish in the 1984 Olympics, seventh in the 1988 Olympics and the first Olympic finalist in the world to die from the killer virus.

by Monika

Updated: Apr 09, 2020 16:42 IST

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Donato Sabia, Olympic runner dies due to COVID-19.

According to the Italian Olympic Committee, Donato Sabia, former middle-distance runner, died from COVID-19. He is the fifth to finish in the 1984 Olympics, seventh in the 1988 Olympics, and the first Olympic finalist in the world.

Sabia reached the Olympic finals twice and won the gold medal in the European Indoor Championships in 1984. He had been in the ICU for the past few days in San Carlo hospital in the southern Italian region of Basilicata.

“We are mourning the loss of a great actor of our world, a champion on and off tracks. In the last days, I got to learn about his health condition… He was a phenomenon, not only because of his two Olympic finals which makes him unforgettable, but also because of all the titles he won, including the European one in Gothenburg in 1984.”, said Giovanni Malago, The President of the Italian Olympic Committee

 

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