Humberto Mariles

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameHumberto•Mariles Cortés
Used nameHumberto•Mariles
Born13 June 1913 in Parral, Chihuahua (MEX)
Died6 December 1972 in Paris XIVe, Paris (FRA)
NOC Mexico
Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 3


Humberto Mariles Cortés won three Olympic medals at the 1948 Games in London. He was individual champion in the show jumping and helped Mexico win a gold medal in the team event as well. In addition, Mariles helped the Mexican three-day team win a bronze medal. (The combination of winning Olympic medals in jumping and eventing has been accomplished 13 times in Olympic history.) At the 1955 Pan American Games he won gold with the jumping team (with Roberto Viñals and the non-Olympians Jaime de la Garza and Joaquín D’Harcourt). On 14 August 1964, Mariles Cortés was driving home from a party in Ciudad Mexico when he was forced off the road. At the next traffic light, Mariles pulled out a pistol and shot the other driver. Initially imprisoned he was released by presidential pardon. In 1972 he was arrested in Paris for drug-smuggling but died in prison before coming to trial.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1948 Summer Olympics Equestrian Jumping (Equestrian) MEX Humberto Mariles
Individual, Men (Olympic) Arete 1 Gold
Team, Men (Olympic) Arete / Mexico 1 Gold
Equestrian Eventing (Equestrian) MEX Humberto Mariles
Individual, Men (Olympic) Parral 12
Team, Men (Olympic) Parral / Mexico 3 Bronze
1952 Summer Olympics Equestrian Jumping (Equestrian) MEX Humberto Mariles
Individual, Men (Olympic) Petrolero 6
Team, Men (Olympic) Petrolero / Mexico 9

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