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Joaquín Capilla

Full name: Joaquín Capilla Pérez
Gender: Male
Height: 5-6 (168 cm)
Born: December 23, 1928 in Ciudad de México, Ciudad de México, Mexico
Died: May 8, 2010 in Ciudad de México, Ciudad de México, Mexico
Country: MEX Mexico
Sport: Diving

Related Olympians: Brother of Alberto Capilla.

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze (4 Total)

Biography

With four Olympic medals, Joaquín Capilla is the Mexican Olympian with the most medals (as of 2010). In his three Olympic diving appearances, he never finished lower than fourth. His best event was the platform, in which he won a complete set of medals (gold: 1956, silver: 1952, bronze: 1948), adding a 1956 bronze in the springboard. His medal collection also featured four gold medals from the Pan American Games (winning both events in 1951 and 1955) and the Central American Games (idem in 1950 and 1954). He competed together with his brother Alberto, who placed fifth in the 1952 platform. But Joaquín Capilla's sports success didn't bring him luck. Damaging one of his ear drums during a show dive in New York, he descended into poverty, chain smoking and alcoholism, losing his family and his home. By 1987, he considered suicide, but religion helped him recover and he later even attempted to earn a doctorate in theology. A year after he was awarded the National Sports Award for his career, Capilla died of a heart attack.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 19 London Diving Men's Springboard Mexico MEX 4
1948 Summer 19 London Diving Men's Platform Mexico MEX 3 Bronze
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Diving Men's Springboard Mexico MEX 4
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Diving Men's Platform Mexico MEX 2 Silver
1956 Summer 27 Melbourne Diving Men's Springboard Mexico MEX 3 Bronze
1956 Summer 27 Melbourne Diving Men's Platform Mexico MEX 1 Gold

Men's Springboard

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS FP DP SP
1948 Summer 19 London Diving Mexico Final Standings 4 141.79
1948 Summer 19 London Diving Mexico Final Round 4 94.92
1948 Summer 19 London Diving Mexico Preliminary Round 3 46.87
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Diving Mexico Final Standings 4 178.33
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Diving Mexico Final 4 178.33 98.91
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Diving Mexico Qualifying 4 QU 79.42
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Diving Mexico Final Round Dive #1 4 15.60
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Diving Mexico Final Round Dive #2 6 14.11
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Diving Mexico Final Round Dive #3 8 14.03
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Diving Mexico Final Round Dive #4 1 21.32
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Diving Mexico Final Round Dive #5 2 21.87
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Diving Mexico Final Round Dive #6 8 11.18
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Diving Mexico Qualifying Dive #1 1 13.26
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Diving Mexico Qualifying Dive #2 15 10.24
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Diving Mexico Qualifying Dive #3 3 14.44
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Diving Mexico Qualifying Dive #4 17 9.24
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Diving Mexico Qualifying Dive #5 6 14.49
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Diving Mexico Qualifying Dive #6 2 17.75
1956 Summer 27 Melbourne Diving Mexico Final Standings 3 150.69
1956 Summer 27 Melbourne Diving Mexico Final 3 150.69 60.45
1956 Summer 27 Melbourne Diving Mexico Qualifying 1 QU 90.24
1956 Summer 27 Melbourne Diving Mexico Final Round Dive #1 12 7.28
1956 Summer 27 Melbourne Diving Mexico Final Round Dive #2 2 17.16
1956 Summer 27 Melbourne Diving Mexico Final Round Dive #3 2 18.46
1956 Summer 27 Melbourne Diving Mexico Final Round Dive #4 3 17.55
1956 Summer 27 Melbourne Diving Mexico Qualifying Dive #1 2 13.26
1956 Summer 27 Melbourne Diving Mexico Qualifying Dive #2 7 11.40
1956 Summer 27 Melbourne Diving Mexico Qualifying Dive #3 9T 12.92
1956 Summer 27 Melbourne Diving Mexico Qualifying Dive #4 4 16.50
1956 Summer 27 Melbourne Diving Mexico Qualifying Dive #5 5 15.62
1956 Summer 27 Melbourne Diving Mexico Qualifying Dive #6 1 20.54

Men's Platform

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS FP DP SP
1948 Summer 19 London Diving Mexico Final Standings 3 113.52
1948 Summer 19 London Diving Mexico Final Round 3 68.68
1948 Summer 19 London Diving Mexico Preliminary Round 5 44.84
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Diving Mexico Final Standings 2 145.21
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Diving Mexico Final 2 145.21 66.75
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Diving Mexico Qualifying 2 QU 78.46
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Diving Mexico Final Round Dive #1 2 16.79
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Diving Mexico Final Round Dive #2 7 14.74
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Diving Mexico Final Round Dive #3 2 18.72
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Diving Mexico Final Round Dive #4 3T 16.50
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Diving Mexico Qualifying Dive #1 29 9.15
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Diving Mexico Qualifying Dive #2 4 13.26
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Diving Mexico Qualifying Dive #3 2 14.06
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Diving Mexico Qualifying Dive #4 21 9.38
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Diving Mexico Qualifying Dive #5 4 15.33
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Diving Mexico Qualifying Dive #6 1 17.28
1956 Summer 27 Melbourne Diving Mexico Final Standings 1 152.44
1956 Summer 27 Melbourne Diving Mexico Final 1 152.44 73.76
1956 Summer 27 Melbourne Diving Mexico Qualifying 2 QU 78.68
1956 Summer 27 Melbourne Diving Mexico Final Round Dive #1 2 16.79
1956 Summer 27 Melbourne Diving Mexico Final Round Dive #2 4 16.75
1956 Summer 27 Melbourne Diving Mexico Final Round Dive #3 3 18.90
1956 Summer 27 Melbourne Diving Mexico Final Round Dive #4 1 21.32
1956 Summer 27 Melbourne Diving Mexico Qualifying Dive #1 13T 10.20
1956 Summer 27 Melbourne Diving Mexico Qualifying Dive #2 5 11.73
1956 Summer 27 Melbourne Diving Mexico Qualifying Dive #3 4 12.92
1956 Summer 27 Melbourne Diving Mexico Qualifying Dive #4 3T 14.04
1956 Summer 27 Melbourne Diving Mexico Qualifying Dive #5 1 15.30
1956 Summer 27 Melbourne Diving Mexico Qualifying Dive #6 10 14.49
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