Alberto Gova, a 24-year-old Italian from Milan, was awarded the first track gold medal of the European Athletics Championships in Athens on September 6, after he won the mens' 10,000 metres event.
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2. GV Heat 2,100 metres men with Cameron Sharp (Britain) in white vest winning 0.20
3. GV Crowd watch Sharp walk away from track (2 shots) 0.29
4. SV Sebastian Coe at start of 800 metres heat for men (2 shots) 0.34
5. GV Start of race and Coe winning GV Scoreboard showing Coe first (4 shots) 1.12
6. SV, GV Start of 10,000 metres for men (2 shots) 1.25
7. SV Race continues as crowd watch (2 shots) 1.36
8. GV Athletes pass marker for final lap and Italian Alberto Cova (blue vest) wins (2 shots) 2.00
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Alberto Gova, a 24-year-old Italian from Milan, was awarded the first track gold medal of the European Athletics Championships in Athens on September 6, after he won the mens' 10,000 metres event. Gova, in the blue vest, was tackling the distance for only his fourth time and finished in 27 minutes 41.02 seconds. In an exciting final lap, the Italian overtook the reigning European champion, Maati Vainio of Finland but was passed by Werner Schildauer of East Germany before forging ahead in the home straight. In the day's other track events, two British athletes performed well. Olympic 1500 metre champion, Sebastian Coe, won a slow heat in the 800 metres ahead of H.P. Ferner of West Germany and J. Marajo of France. In a heat of the 100 metres event, the Scot, Cameron Sharp, in the white vest, won in a time of 10.28 seconds, the second fastest time recorded in the heats over that distance. A crowd of 80,000 packed the Athens stadium for the early events.
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