Francisco Camet

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Eduardo Camet
Personal information
Nationality Argentine
Born (1876-09-16)September 16, 1876
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died July 15, 1931(1931-07-15) (aged 54)
Miramar, Argentina
Sport
Sport Fencing

Francisco Carmelo Camet, also known as Eduardo Camet (September 16, 1876 – July 15, 1931) was an Argentine fencer who competed in the late 19th century and early 20th century and was the first Argentine to compete at the Summer Olympic Games.

Born in Buenos Aires,he was studying in Paris,[1] when aged 23, he competed in the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris, France, he entered the épée event,[2] which consisted off another 101 fencers from 10 different countries. In the first round they were drawn into 17 groups, Camet in his first round group he beat four of the fencers and lost against Frenchman, Léon Sée and finished in second place, good enough for the next round.[3][4] In the next round they were split into six groups, with the top three from each group qualifying for the next round, and yet again Camet finished second in his group, this time behind another Frenchman, Edmond Wallace, but still advanced to the next round.[5] The semi-final round consisted of 18 fencers, 16 of them were French and only himself and Cuban, Ramón Fonst were not from the host country, again the top three from each group would qualify for the finals, and Camet got there by finishing third in his group.[6] There were nine competitors left in the final and Camet had five bouts which he won two and lost three and finally finished in fifth place overall, Ramón Fonst eventually won the gold followed by Frenchman Louis Perrée and Léon Sée.[7]

In 1904, his son Carmelo Camet was born in Paris and he would follow in his father's footsteps by competing in the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam and went one better in winning a bronze medal in the team foil event.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The first Argentinean to participate in the Games did it in Paris 1900". lagaceta.com.ar. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Francisco Camet". Olympics at Sports Reference. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  3. ^ "Fencing at the 1900 Paris Summer Games: Men's Épée, Individual Round One". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  4. ^ "Francisco Camet, the only Argentinean in Paris 1900.". loquelagentequieresaber.wordpress.com. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  5. ^ "Fencing at the 1900 Paris Summer Games: Men's Épée, Individual Quarter-Finals". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  6. ^ "Fencing at the 1900 Paris Summer Games: Men's Épée, Individual Semi-Finals". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  7. ^ "Fencing at the 1900 Paris Summer Games: Men's Épée, Individual Final Pool". Olympics at Sport-Reference.com. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  8. ^ "Carmelo Camet". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 17 March 2017.