Full name: Francis Henriquez de ZubirÃa
Born: December 10, 1869 in Paris, Paris, France
Died: September 2, 1933 in [unknown], Unknown, France
Affiliations: Racing CF, Paris (FRA)
Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)
Francis Henriquez de ZubirÃa competed in tug-of-war with the USFSA team that finished second at the 1900 Paris Olympics. For many years the same Henriquez de Zuberia (as it was then spelled) was considered to have competed in both rugby football and tug-of-war. From a photograph of the rugby team, he was considered to have been the first black Olympian and research traced him to Haiti as Constantin Henriquez. However, photographs of the tug-of-war team exist and no dark-skinned athlete is present. With research by the OlyMADMen, aided by the Spanish Olympic historian Fernando Arrechea, it is now felt that Constantin Henriquez, the Haitian, competed only in rugby football, and the tug-of-war competitor was a Colombian named Francis (or Francisco) Henriquez de ZubirÃa.
Francis HenrÃquez de ZubirÃa was born in Paris to Ricardo Carlos HenrÃquez and Maria Ana Antonia Clemencia de ZubirÃa y Osse, but was a Colombian citizen until he was naturalized as a Frenchman in 1917. HenrÃquez de ZubirÃa studied medicine and worked at the Colombian embassy in Paris, also serving as a French doctor during World War I. He competed in many sports, including boxing, fencing, cycling, and shooting. In 1898, he married Maria del Carmen Florentina GonzÃ¡lez (1871-1932), the adopted daughter of the millionaire Lino Martinez.
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