Héctor Castro

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameHéctor•Castro
Used nameHéctor•Castro
Nick/petnamesEl Divino Manco
Born29 November 1904 in Montevideo (URU)
Died15 September 1960 in Montevideo (URU)
AffiliationsNacional, Montevideo (URU)
NOC Uruguay


Despite losing his right arm below the elbow at the age of thirteen in an accident involving an electric saw, Héctor Castro became of Uruguay’s national sporting icons. As a centre-forward he played on three national championship winning teams with Club Nacional and was a member of the Uruguayan team that won the Copa America in both 1926 and 1935. As well as his Olympic title, he is remembered for scoring the decisive fourth goal for Uruguay in the 1930 World Cup Final. Barring a brief spell in Argentina, he played for Club Nacional from 1923 to 1936, scoring 145 goals in 231 matches. A colourful character known for his drinking, gambling and womanising, he was not averse to using what remained of his right arm to illegal effect when contesting headers. After his retirement from playing he became a successful coach with Club Nacional, winning five national titles


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Summer Olympics Football (Football) URU Héctor Castro
Football, Men (Olympic) Uruguay 1 Gold

Special Notes


Although 1904 is the most likely year of birth it is possible that he was born in 1902, 1903 or 1905.