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Héctor Castro

Full name: Héctor Castro
Nickname(s): El Divino Manco
Gender: Male
Born: November 29, 1904 in Montevideo, Montevideo, Uruguay
Died: September 15, 1960 in Montevideo, Montevideo, Uruguay
Affiliations: Nacional, Montevideo (URU)
Country: URU Uruguay
Sport: Football

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


Despite losing his right arm below the elbow at the age of thirteen in an accident involving an electric saw, Héctor Castro became of Uruguay’s national sporting icons. As a centre-forward he played on three national championship winning teams with Club Nacional and was a member of the Uruguayan team that won the Copa America in both 1926 and 1935.

As well as his Olympic title, he is remembered for scoring the decisive fourth goal for Uruguay in the 1930 World Cup Final. Barring a brief spell in Argentina, he played for Club Nacional from 1923 to 1936, scoring 145 goals in 231 matches. A colourful character known for his drinking, gambling and womanising, he was not averse to using what remained of his right arm to illegal effect when contesting headers. After his retirement from playing he became a successful coach with Club Nacional, winning five national titles


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Summer 23 Amsterdam Football Men's Football Uruguay URU 1 Gold

Men's Football

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result G YC RC
1928 Summer 23 Amsterdam Football Uruguay URU Final Standings 1 1928-05-27 1 0 0
1928 Summer 23 Amsterdam Football Uruguay URU Final Round Match 1/2 1T 1928-06-10 URU 1, ARG 1 0
1928 Summer 23 Amsterdam Football Uruguay URU Quarter-Finals Match #3 1 1928-06-03 URU 4, GER 1 1
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