Joaquín Capilla

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Joaquín Capilla
Joaquín Capilla 1952.jpg
Capilla at the 1952 Olympics
Personal information
Born December 23, 1928
Mexico City, Mexico[1]
Died May 8, 2010 (aged 81)
Mexico City, Mexico
Sport Diving

Joaquín Capilla Pérez (December 23, 1928 – May 8, 2010), was a Mexican diver who won the largest number of Olympic medals among Mexican athletes. Together with his elder brother Alberto he competed in the 3 m springboard and 10 m platform at the 1948, 1952 and 1956 Olympics and won one gold, one silver and two bronze medals, finishing fourth in the two remaining competitions. He also won four medals at the Pan American Games, in 1951 and 1955. After retiring from competitions Capilla descended into poverty, chain smoking and alcoholism, eventually losing his family and home. He recovered owing to religion and later earned a degree in theology. In 2009 he was awarded the National Sports Award. He died the next year as a result of cardiac arrest.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Joaquín Capilla". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. 
  2. ^ "Fallece Joaquín Capilla". May 8, 2010. Archived from the original on May 11, 2010.