Former Italian runner Donato Sabia, who participated in the Olympic Games twice and crowned a European champion in a hall, has died at the age of 56 as a result of infection with the coronavirus, according to what was announced on Wednesday by the Italian Athletics Federation.
Sabia is the first Italian Olympic champion to die as a result of the virus.
Sabia was fifth in the 800-meter sprint at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984, and seventh in the Seoul Olympics in 1988.
He also won the gold medal of the 800 meters in the European Championship in the halls in 1984.
Sabia died in his hometown of Potenza in southern Italy, shortly after his father also died of the virus.