Full name: Alberto Cova
Height: 5'9" (176 cm)
Weight: 128 lbs (58 kg)
Born: December 1, 1958 in Inverigo, Como, Italy
Affiliations: Pro Patria Pierrel/Pro Patria Freedent
Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)
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).
|1984 Summer||25||Los Angeles||Athletics||Men's 10,000 metres||Italy||ITA||1||Gold|
|1988 Summer||29||Seoul||Athletics||Men's 10,000 metres||Italy||ITA||10 h2 r1/2|