Alberto COVA

Italy ITA

Athletics

  • Olympic Medals
    1 G
  • Games participations
    2
  • First Olympic Games
    Los Angeles 1984
  • Year of Birth
    1958
Olympic Results

Biography

Alberto COVA

Alberto Cova started running at age 14, he won the first of his 14 Italian titles (4x 5000 m, 2x 10,000 m, 3x 3,000 m indoor, 5x cross country) in 1980. Combining an office job with running, he became notable for his fast finish. His first successes came in 1982, winning two European titles (3,000 m indoor, 10,000 m outdoor). He added the inaugural world title in Helsinki the following year, and was the favourite for the Olympic gold in Los Angeles. The slow final was to Cova's advantage, and he won the race with his sprint. After the Games, Alberto Cova struggled with an ankle injury, although he won a silver medal at the 1986 European Championships, as part of an Italian clean sweep. His second Olympic participation was a disappointment, not qualifying for the final. In the mid 1990s, Alberto Cova was briefly on the municipal council of Olgiate Comasco, near the Swiss border.

Personal Best: 10000 – 27:37.59 (1983).

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Seoul 1988

#10 h2 r1/2
10,000 metres
10,000 metres Athletics
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Los Angeles 1984

G
10,000 metres
10,000 metres Athletics