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Boughera El Ouafi

Full name: Ahmed Muhammad Boughera El Ouafi
Other name(s): أحمد محمد بوقره الوافي
Gender: Male
Born: October 15, 1898 in Ould-Djleb, Biskra, Algeria
Died: October 18, 1959 in Saint-Denis, Seine-Saint-Denis, France
Affiliations: CASG Paris/CO Billancourt
Country: FRA France
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


Born in Algeria, which was then a French colony, Boughera El Ouafi’s outstanding athletic abilities were noticed when he served with the French military. After winning many military competitions, El Ouafi qualified for the French 1924 Olympic team and finished his first Olympic marathon in seventh place. In the 1928 Olympic marathon he ran behind the leaders for the first 30 km, finally overtaking them some 5 km before the end. He was never caught by any of the other runners and finished first, 26 seconds ahead of second-placed Chilean [Manuel Plaza]. After his surprise victory El Ouafi toured the United States in 1929-30, but the money he earned on this trip disqualified him as an amateur, causing him to leave the sport, and he opened a café in Paris. El Ouafi was killed while in a café, three days after his 61st birthday, by members of the National Liberation Front after he had refused to support them.

Personal Best: Mar – 2-32:57 (1928).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1924 Summer 25 Paris Athletics Men's Marathon France FRA 7
1928 Summer 29 Amsterdam Athletics Men's Marathon France FRA 1 Gold

Men's Marathon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1924 Summer 25 Paris Athletics France Final Standings 7 2-54:19.6
1928 Summer 29 Amsterdam Athletics France Final Standings 1 2-32:57
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