Full name: Ahmed Muhammad Boughera El Ouafi
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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
Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)
Born in Algeria, then a French colony, Boughera El Ouafiâs athletic abilities were noticed when he joined the French military. After winning many military competitions, El Ouafi qualified for the 1924 French Olympic team, finishing in seventh place. At the 1928 Amsterdam Olympic marathon, El Ouafi ran behind the leaders for the first 35 km, overtaking them some 5 km before the end. He was not caught and finished first, 26 seconds ahead of second-placed [Manuel Plaza] from Chile. At the time he was working in an auto factory in Paris.
After his surprise victory, El Ouafi toured the United States from 1929-30. The money he earned from this trip disqualified him as an amateur, so he quit athletics and opened a cafe in Paris. El Ouafi remained forgotten until 1956, when another Algerian, [Alain Mimoun], also won the Olympic marathon. While sitting in a cafÃ©, El Ouafi was killed by members of the National Liberation Front, three days after his 61st birthday, after he had refused to support them.
Personal Best: Mar â 2-32:57 (1928).
|1924 Summer||25||Paris||Athletics||Men's Marathon||France||FRA||7|
|1928 Summer||29||Amsterdam||Athletics||Men's Marathon||France||FRA||1||Gold|
|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|