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Delfo Cabrera

Full name: Delfo Cabrera Gómez
Gender: Male
Height: 5'8" (172 cm)
Weight: 130 lbs (59 kg)
Born: April 2, 1919 in Armstrong, Santa Fe, Argentina
Died: August 2, 1981 in Buenos Aires, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Affiliations: Capital Federal
Country: ARG Argentina
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Delfo Cabrera played football as a youth, but decided to turn to athletics after Juan Carlos Zabala’s triumph at the 1932 Olympics. He moved to Buenos Aires in 1938 and, the same year, he won his first national championships title (5,000 m). Over the years he would win nine more titles, but none of them in marathon. Cabrera served in the Army during World War II, where he met Juan Perón. After the war, being a friend of Perón, he was an active member of the Justicialist Party and received the Peronist Medal in 1949. The London Olympic Games were Cabrera's first major international race. Étienne Gailly from Belgium dominated the marathon race most of the way and until almost the very last moments. He was the first to enter the stadium but, with 400 metres to go, Gailly fell down, exhausted, got up and then fell down again, similar to Dorando Pietri's dramatic finish 40 years before in London, and Cabrera and Tom Richards of Great Britain managed to pass the staggering Gailly, Cabrera winning by 16 seconds ahead of Richards. Cabrera also won the 1951 Pan American Games marathon and participated at the 1952 Olympics, finishing sixth in the marathon. He ended his athletics career after placing sixth at the 1954 Boston Marathon and then taught physical education in several schools, before dying in a car accident near Buenos Aires.

Personal Best: Mar – 2-26:43 (1952).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 29 London Athletics Men's Marathon Argentina ARG 1 Gold
1952 Summer 33 Helsinki Athletics Men's Marathon Argentina ARG 6

Men's Marathon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1948 Summer 29 London Athletics Argentina Final Standings 1 2-34:51.6
1952 Summer 33 Helsinki Athletics Argentina Final Standings 6 2-26:42.4