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Manuel Andrada

Full name: Manuel Ángel Andrada
Nickname(s): El Paisano
Gender: Male
Born: January 9, 1890 in Coronel Suárez, Provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died: September 21, 1962
Country: ARG Argentina
Sport: Polo

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Originally a horse trainer Manuel Andrada, who was known as “El Paisano”, was the most popular polo player in Argentina in the 1930s. He became a 9-handicap player and it remained a mystery amongst the sport’s elite that he was never elevated to a maximum 10. He uniquely won the Argentine Open six times with five different teams. He won it with Santa Paula in 1930 and 1933, with La Rinconada in 1931, Tortugas in 1935, Los Indios in 1938 and El Trébol in 1939. When he played in his final Open with El Campito in 1947 he was still a 7-handicap player and was amongst the top 16 players in Argentina even though he was 57 years of age at the time.

The US Open winner in 1931 with Santa Paula, Andrada was a reserve on the first Argentine team to compete for the Cup of the Americas against the USA in 1928. However, he was his team’s captain in 1932 and 1936, when the South Americans won the trophy for the first time. He also won an Olympic gold medal in 1936. Andrada played for nearly 50 years and died only a few hours after playing in a tournament in Cordóba province in Argentina. In 1950 he had been appointed the assistant treasurer of the Argentine Polo Association and at the age of 64 he was still a 4-handicap player. His three sons Manuel Hector ‘Bebe’, Oscar Miguel ‘Fungi’ and Eduardo Diego ‘Jimmy’ all became polo payers

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Summer 46 Berlin Polo Men's Polo Argentina ARG 1 Gold

Men's Polo

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result G
1936 Summer 46 Berlin Polo Argentina ARG Final Round Match 1/2 1 1936-08-07 ARG 11, GBR 0 0
1936 Summer 46 Berlin Polo Argentina ARG Group A Match #2 1 1936-08-05 ARG 15, MEX 5 3
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