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Delfo Cabrera

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Collection: 1919 Births, 1981 Deaths, Argentine Long-Distance Runners, Argentine Marathon Runners, Athletes (Track and Field) at the 1948 Summer Olympics, Athletes (Track and Field) at the 1951 Pan American Games, Athletes (Track and Field) at the 1952 Summer Olympics, Olympic Athletes of Argentina, Olympic Gold Medalists for Argentina, Olympic Medalists in Athletics (Track and Field), People from Belgrano Department, Santa Fe, Road Accident Deaths in Argentina
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Delfo Cabrera

Delfo Cabrera
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Born (1919-04-02)April 2, 1919
Armstrong, Santa Fe, Argentina
Died August 2, 1981(1981-08-02) (aged 62)
Alberti, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Delfo Cabrera Gómez (April 2, 1919 – August 2, 1981) was an Argentine athlete, winner of the marathon race at the 1948 Summer Olympics in one of the most dramatic finishes in athletics history.


Born in Armstrong, Santa Fe, Delfo played football as a youth, but decided to turn to athletics after Juan Carlos Zabala's triumph at the 1932 Summer Olympics.

He moved to Buenos Aires in 1938 and began training in San Lorenzo de Almagro under Francisco Mura. At the same year, he won his first national championships title (in 5000 m). Over the years he would win 9 more titles, but none of them in marathon.

Delfo served in the army during the World War II where he met Juan Perón. After the war, being a friend of Perón, he was active member of Justicialist Party. He received the Peronist Medal in 1949.

The London Olympic Games were Cabrera's first major international tournament. Etienne Gailly from Belgium dominated the marathon race most of the way and until almost the very last moments. He was the first to enter the stadium, but with 400 m to go, Gailly fell down, exhausted, got up and fell again. It was like Dorando Pietri's dramatic finish 40 years before. Cabrera and Tom Richards of Great Britain managed to pass the staggering Gailly, winning Delfo by 0.56 seconds ahead of Richards.

The victory remain for 64 years, the last Argentinian gold medal in an individual competition, until the victory of Sebastián Crismanich in taekwondo in the [[2012 Summer Olympics

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