Donato Sabia

Donato Sabia (11 September 1963 – 7 April 2020) was an Italian middle-distance runner who specialized in the 800 metres.

Donato Sabia
Personal information
NationalityItalian
Born(1963-09-11)11 September 1963
Potenza, Italy
Died7 April 2020(2020-04-07) (aged 56)
Potenza, Italy
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight65 kg (143 lb)
Sport
CountryItaly Italy
SportAthletics
Event(s)400 metres
800 metres
ClubPro Patria Milano
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • 400 m: 45.73 (1984)
  • 800 m: 1:43.88 (1984)

BiographyEdit

Donato Sabia was born in Potenza and won two medals, at senior level, at the International athletics competitions, one of these with national relay team.[1] He participated at two editions of the Summer Olympics (1984, 1988), reaching, in both cases, the Olympic 800 metres final; he had 17 caps in national team from 1982 to 1988.

His personal best time was 1:43.88 minutes, achieved in June 1984 in Florence.[2] In the 400 metres he had 45.73 seconds, achieved in June 1984 in Milan.[3]

Donato Sabia died on 7 April 2020 in San Carlo Hospital, in Potenza, from COVID-19, having on 31 March 2020 also lost his father to the same disease.[4] He was 56.

AchievementsEdit

Year Competition Venue Result Event time Notes
1983 Mediterranean Games Casablanca, Morocco 2nd 4 × 400 m relay 3:04.54
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 5th 4 × 400 m relay 3:05.10
1984 European Indoor Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 1st 800 m 1:48.05 [5]
Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States 5th 800 m 1:44.53
1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 7th 800 m 1:48.03 [6]

National titlesEdit

Sabia won 6 individual national championships.[7][8]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "PODIO INTERNAZIONALE DAL 1908 AL 2008 - UOMINI" (PDF). sportolimpico.it. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  2. ^ Italian all-time list, men's 800 metres (last updated for year 2000)
  3. ^ Italian all-time list, men's 400 metres (last updated for year 2000)
  4. ^ "Coronavirus, morto Donato Sabia: fu due volte finalista alle Olimpiadi". Corriere Della Sera. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  5. ^ "15th indoor european athletics championships 1984 Gothenburg Sweden". athleticsdb.com. Archived from the original on 16 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  6. ^ He ran in a better crono (1:44.90) in semi-finals.
  7. ^ ""CAMPIONATI "ASSOLUTI" ITALIANI SUL PODIO TRICOLORE – 1906 2012" (PDF). sportolimpico.it. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  8. ^ "ITALIAN INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS". gbrathletics.com. Retrieved 1 January 2013.

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