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Edwin Vásquez

Full name: Edwin Gonzalo Vásquez Cam
Gender: Male
Born: July 28, 1922 in Lobitos, Talara, Piura, Peru
Died: March 9, 1993
Affiliations: Club Internacional del Revólver, Lima (PER)
Country: PER Peru
Sport: Shooting

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Through 2011, Edwin Vásquez is Peru's only Olympic champion. He was taught shooting by his father, and was one of South America's best marksmen, winning four titles at the 1947 Bolivarian Games. When arriving in London for the Olympics, though, Vásquez found out his gun was outdated. One of his team members, Luis Mantilla, borrowed a pistol for him, leaving Vásquez little time to practise with it. But it was enough to win the free pistol event, winning by six points over reigning World Champion Torsten Ullman and the other competitors. The other major title won by Vásquez came in 1951, when he won the free pistol event at the inaugural Pan American Games (1951), while placing third in the team pistol event. He continued shooting into his forties, winning a South American title as late as 1968. Vásquez, who worked as a civil engineer, then became involved in sports administration, for the Peruvian Shooting Federation, the Peruvian Olympic Committee and the Peruvian National Sports Council.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 25 London Shooting Men's Free Pistol, 50 metres Peru PER 1 Gold

Men's Free Pistol, 50 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit PTS R1P R2P R3P R4P R5P R6P
1948 Summer 25 London Shooting Peru PER Final Standings 545 93 89 89 91 90 93
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