Constantin Henriquez de Zubiera

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Constantin Henriquez de Zubiera
Constantin Henriquez de Zubiera.jpg
Place of birth Haiti
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position No. 8, Wing, Centre
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Stade Français
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1900  France
Olympic medal record
Men's rugby union
Competitor for  France
Gold medal – first place 1900 Paris Team competition
Men's tug of war
Silver medal – second place 1900 Paris Team competition

Constantin Henriquez de Zubiera was a Haitian-born French rugby union footballer. He played as number eight, wing and centre.

He played at Olympique de Paris and Stade Français. He won as a Stade Français player the titles of French Champion, in 1897, 1898 and 1901.

Henriquez de Zubiera was the first known coloured athlete to compete in the Olympic Games,[1] and by extension, the first to become an Olympic gold medallist, as he was a member of the France squad that won the Olympic title at the first Rugby Olympic Tournament.

He also won the silver in the tug of war at the 1900 Summer Olympics.


  1. ^ David Kenneth Wiggins (ed.), African Americans in sports, Volume 1, Page 264 (Sharpe Reference:2004), ISBN 0-7656-8055-6, ISBN 978-0-7656-8055-6