April 2, 1919|
Armstrong, Santa Fe, Argentina
|Died||August 2, 1981
Alberti, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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.
Cabrera 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, Cabrera winning by 0.56 seconds ahead of Richards.
Cabrera participated also at the 1952 Summer Olympics, gaining sixth place in the marathon. Cabrera ended his athletics career after finishing sixth at the 1954 Boston Marathon. After that he taught physical education in several schools.
|1952||Olympic Games||Helsinki, Finland||6th||Marathon||2:26:42.4|