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Gabre Gabric-Calvesi

Full name: Ljubica "Gabre" Gabric-Calvesi
Gender: Female
Born: October 14, 1917 in Imotski, Splitsko-dalmatinska županija, Croatia
Affiliations: Venchi Unica Torino/Filotecnica
Country: ITA Italy
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Mother-in-law of Eddy Ottoz; Grandmother of Laurent Ottoz.

Biography

Gabre Gabric was born in the town of Imotski in what was then Austro-Hungary and is now Croatia. At a young age she moved to the United States and lived in Chicago for several years before returning to the modern-day Croatian city of Zadar, which had become part of Italy following the First World War. During all these travels her official birthdate became muddled as a transcription error listed her year of birth as 1914, a date that would stick well into her masters-level athletic career.

Gabric took up the discus throw in 1934 and, by 1936, she was good enough to participate at that year's Summer Olympic Games in Berlin where, despite finishing 10th in a field of 19 competitors, she broke Vittorina Vivenza's Italian record in the event. Her next major stop was the 1938 European Championships, where she placed sixth, before setting a personal best of 43.35 in the event in 1939, which would have been sufficient for a bronze medal at the Berlin Olympics. Her career was interrupted by World War II but, between the 1936 and 1948 Summer Olympics, she was crowned Italian Champion four times (1937, 1939, 1940, 1942). At the London Games, however, she slipped to 17th out of 21 competitors. Her final major international competition was the 1950 European Championships, where she finished seventh.

Gabric married Sandro Calvesi, a hurdler, and their daughter, Lyana, married Eddy Ottoz, who had been coached by Calvesi and won an bronze medal in the 110 metres hurdles event at the 1968 Summer Olympics. Lyana and Eddy had a son, Laurent, who participated in the 1992 and 1996 Summer Games. It was Gabric, however, who would outlast them all in the athletic realm. A long-time competitor in masters-level athletics, she has won numerous European and World Masters Championships in the shot put, discus throw, and javelin. The Federazione Italiana di Atletica Leggera has kept the incorrect birth year of 1914, allowing her to compete in the W95 division, and she has set world records in the shot put, discus throw, weight throw, and throws pentathlon. Regardless of her exact age, she remains an outstanding athlete and, since the death of Alfred Proksch in 2011, was the last known track and field participant from the 1936 Olympics still competing.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Summer 18 Berlin Athletics Women's Discus Throw Italy ITA 10
1948 Summer 30 London Athletics Women's Discus Throw Italy ITA 17

Women's Discus Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD
1936 Summer 18 Berlin Athletics Italy Final Standings 10 34.31
1936 Summer 18 Berlin Athletics Italy Final Round Round One 16 27.09
1936 Summer 18 Berlin Athletics Italy Final Round Round Two 10 34.31 34.31
1936 Summer 18 Berlin Athletics Italy Final Round Round Three 10 28.64 34.31
1948 Summer 30 London Athletics Italy Final Standings 17 34.17
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