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Cosimo Caliandro dies in road accident

ROME -- The Italian athletics federation says former 3,000-meter European indoor champion Cosimo Caliandro has died in a road accident. He was 29.

The federation says Caliandro was driving his motorcycle in his hometown of Francavilla Fontana in southern Italy when he collided with a car.

Caliandro captured his European title in 2007 in Birmingham, England.

A minute of silence was observed before the start of Friday's Primo Nebiolo meeting in Torino in memory of Caliandro. He is survived by his wife, Graziella, and two sons, Damiano and Cristian.