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Italian Olympic 800m finalist Sabia dies aged 56 from coronavirus

Two-time Olympic 800 metres finalist Donato Sabia has died from the coronavirus at the age of 56, the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) announced on Wednesday.

Sabia finished fifth in the 800 metres at Los Angeles in 1984 and seventh in Seoul four years later. He won the gold medal in the same event at the European Indoor Championships in 1984.

CONI said that Sabia had been in the intensive care unit of the San Carlo hospital on Potenza, in the southern Italian region of Basilicata, for "a few days."

Sabia died shortly after his father died from the coronavirus. According to CONI, he is the first Olympic finalist in the world to die from the virus.

Information from the Associated Press contributed to this report.