Donato Sabia
Personal information
National teamItaly: 17 caps (1982-1988)[1]
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
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)
Medal record
Event 1st 2nd 3rd
European Indoor Championships 1 0 0
Mediterranean Games 0 1 0

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

Biography

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.[2] 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.[3] In the 400 metres he had 45.73 seconds, achieved in June 1984 in Milan.[4]

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.[5] He was 56.

Achievements

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 [6]
Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States 5th 800 m 1:44.53
1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 7th 800 m 1:48.03 [7]

National titles

Sabia won six individual national championships.[8][9]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Italy Team Guide" (PDF) (in Italian). fidal.it. 28 May 2021. Retrieved 17 June 2021.
  2. ^ "PODIO INTERNAZIONALE DAL 1908 AL 2008 - UOMINI" (PDF). sportolimpico.it. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  3. ^ Italian all-time list, men's 800 metres (last updated for year 2000)
  4. ^ Italian all-time list, men's 400 metres (last updated for year 2000)
  5. ^ "Coronavirus, morto Donato Sabia: fu due volte finalista alle Olimpiadi". Corriere Della Sera. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  6. ^ "15th indoor european athletics championships 1984 Gothenburg Sweden". athleticsdb.com. Archived from the original on 16 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  7. ^ He ran in a better crono (1:44.90) in semi-finals.
  8. ^ ""CAMPIONATI "ASSOLUTI" ITALIANI SUL PODIO TRICOLORE – 1906 2012" (PDF). sportolimpico.it. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  9. ^ "ITALIAN INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS". gbrathletics.com. Retrieved 1 January 2013.