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Tranquilo Capozzo

Full name: Tranquilo Capozzo
Nickname(s): El Tano
Gender: Male
Born: January 25, 1918 in [unknown], Unknown, United States
Died: May 14, 2003 in Valle Hermoso, Córdoba, Argentina
Affiliations: Canottieri Italiani, Buenos Aires (ARG)
Country: ARG Argentina
Sport: Rowing

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Although he was 95 years old when he died, Tranquilo Capozzo was the still the latest Argentine to gain an Olympic medal. Together with Eduardo Guerrero, he won the double sculls event at the 1952 Olympics. It wasn’t until 2004 that Argentina won another Olympic gold medal, taking both the basketball and football titles at the Athens Games. Capozzo was born in the United States, and came to Argentina at age 18. He initially started out as a cyclist, but quickly fell in love with rowing. By the time of the 1952 Games, he was considered too old for the skiff event, and was offered to pair up with Guerrero. Capozzo was initially against it, feeling the much younger Guerrero to be undisciplined. He eventually gave in, and the duo turned out to be a success.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 30 London Rowing Men's Single Sculls Argentina ARG 2 h1 r3/4
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Rowing Men's Double Sculls Argentina ARG 1 Gold

Men's Single Sculls

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit T
1948 Summer 30 London Rowing Argentina ARG Semi-Finals Heat One 8:12.6
1948 Summer 30 London Rowing Argentina ARG Round One Repêchage Heat One 7:45.0
1948 Summer 30 London Rowing Argentina ARG Round One Heat Four 7:38.9

Men's Double Sculls

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit T
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Rowing Argentina ARG Eduardo Guerrero Final 7:32.2
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Rowing Argentina ARG Eduardo Guerrero Semi-Finals Heat Two 7:23.1
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Rowing Argentina ARG Eduardo Guerrero Round One Heat Four 7:04.4
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