EL OUAFI Boughera (1899-1959) France / Track and field
This little fellow of Algerian origin surprised everyone when he won the marathon at the Amsterdam games in 1928. The former Renault factory worker became a legend and travelled around the world where he was exhibited in circuses.The rest of his career tells a less happy story. After having been banned for receiving money for a race in the United States, he opened a café in Paris only to be robbed by his business partner. This unfortunate man died in poverty, killed by a stray bullet in a shooting he witnessed.