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Boughera El Ouafi

Full name: Ahmed Muhammad Boughera El Ouafi
Other name(s): أحمد محمد بوقره الوافي
Gender: Male
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
Country: FRA France
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


Born in Algeria, then a French colony, Boughera El Ouafi’s 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 café, 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 – 2-32:57 (1928).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1924 Summer 25 Paris Athletics Men's Marathon France FRA 7
1928 Summer 29 Amsterdam Athletics Men's Marathon France FRA 1 Gold

Men's Marathon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
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
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