ROME – Carlo Durante is dead. He was 73 years old.
The para-Olympic athlete, blind, in 1992 (therefore Barcelona Games) had won the gold medal.
A sudden death, that of Durante.
The athlete felt bad while he was cycling with a friend in the Treviso area.
“I am saddened – the words of the president of the Italian Paralympic Committee Luca Pancalli – for the death of Carlo Durante. An Italian sports giant leaves, a star of the Paralympic firmament.
In addition to being a champion, Carlo was a point of reference for our movement also for the activity of promoting sport for everyone. I take this opportunity to express my closeness and that of CIP to his family and loved ones. "
The Gazzetta dello Sport writes:
He has been a protagonist in marathons all over the world, with participations in three editions of that of New York, in addition to those of Boston, Monaco, London, Venice, Bologna, Florence, Milan, Padua, Brescia, Carpi, Turin, Rome , Cesano Boscone, Treviso and almost half of the Duerocche editions.
Pioneer of the Paralympic movement in Veneto, he also dedicated his life to the activity of promoting sport for the disabled. A very rich palmares which earned him numerous institutional awards (three times Gold Medal for Sporting Merit and Silver Lion of Coni Veneto, as well as 4 silver medals for Sporting Merit and 5 bronze medals for Sporting Merit).
A sudden illness caught him while he was cycling in tandem with a friend on Montello, in Nervesa della Battaglia, on the roads he knew so well, he who was born in Volpago del Montello, in the Treviso area. He would have turned 74 on June 27th. He leaves his wife and daughters Chiara and Daniela.
Source: Blitz Quotidiano