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Alberto Zorrilla

Full name: Victoriano Alberto Zorrilla
Nickname(s): Zorilla de Oro
Gender: Male
Born: April 6, 1906 in Buenos Aires, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died: April 23, 1986 in Miami, Florida, United States
Affiliations: NYAC, New York (USA)
Country: ARG Argentina
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Born to a wealthy family, Alberto Zorrilla’s father owned multiple ranches in Argentina. Zorrilla began swimming as a youngster and made his international début at the 1924 Olympics, where he reached the 100 free style semi-finals. After winning South American championships in 1924-25, he moved to the US in the fall of 1926 and joined the New York Athletic Club. At the 1928 Olympics, Zorrilla won gold in the 400 free from an outside lane, surprisingly beating the favorites [Buster Crabbe], [Boy Charlton] and [Arne Borg]. He was also seventh in the 100 freestyle and fifth at 1,500 metres, thus becoming the second and, as of 2017, the last person to reach the finals of every freestyle event at one Olympics, after Borg, who swam in every freestyle event final in 1924. Zorrilla was the Argentine flag bearer at the 1932 Olympics, but an illness prevented him from defending his Olympic title.

After his swimming career, Zorrilla stayed in New York, working as a journalist, and became a naturalized US citizen in 1954. He was inducted to the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1976.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1924 Summer 18 Paris Swimming Men's 100 metres Freestyle Argentina ARG 6 h2 r2/3
1924 Summer 18 Paris Swimming Men's 400 metres Freestyle Argentina ARG 4 h4 r1/3
1924 Summer 18 Paris Swimming Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay Argentina ARG 4 h3 r1/3
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Swimming Men's 100 metres Freestyle Argentina ARG 7
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Swimming Men's 400 metres Freestyle Argentina ARG 1 Gold
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Swimming Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle Argentina ARG 5
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Swimming Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay Argentina ARG 4 h1 r1/2

Men's 100 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1924 Summer 18 Paris Swimming Argentina Semi-Finals Heat Two 6 1:07.6
1924 Summer 18 Paris Swimming Argentina Round One Heat Three 2 Q 1:08.2
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Swimming Argentina Final 7 1:01.6
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Swimming Argentina Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 Q 1:01.6
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Swimming Argentina Round One Heat Five 1 Q 1:01.8

Men's 400 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1924 Summer 18 Paris Swimming Argentina Round One Heat Four 4 5:49.4
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Swimming Argentina Final 1 OR 5:01.6
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Swimming Argentina Semi-Finals Heat One 1 Q 5:11.4
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Swimming Argentina Round One Heat Six 1 Q 5:19.2

Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Swimming Argentina Final 5 21:23.8
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Swimming Argentina Semi-Finals Heat One 2 Q 21:17.0
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Swimming Argentina Round One Heat Four 1 Q 22:21.2

Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank
1924 Summer 18 Paris Swimming Argentina ARG Round One Heat Three 4
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Swimming Argentina ARG Round One Heat One 4
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