Manuel de Escandón

Intro Polo player
A.K.A. Manuel de Escandon
Was Athlete Polo player
From Mexico
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 13 August 1857, Mexico City, Mexico
Death 13 December 1940, Mexico City, Mexico (aged 83 years)
Star sign Leo

José Manuel María del Corazón de Jesús de Escandón y Barrón, Marquis of Villavieja (August 13, 1857 – December 13, 1940) was a Mexican polo player in the 1900 Summer Olympics.

Biography

He was born in Mexico City and was the younger brother of Pablo and the older brother of Eustaquio. In 1900 he was part of the Mexican polo team which won the bronze medal. He played together with his two brothers and Guillermo Hayden Wright. That year's polo tournament had five teams competing, most with mixed nationalities, they were the Bagatelle Polo Club de Paris, BLO Polo Club Rugby, Compiégne Polo Club, the eventual winners Foxhunters Hurlingham and the Mexican team (the only one without a team name). Despite losing their only game against the BLO Polo Club Rugby, they were tied with the Bagatelle Polo Club de Paris, and as the rules didn't stipulate a third place playoff, they were both awarded the third place, however, their bronze medal was not recognized until time later, as back then, the winners received a silver medal instead of the actual gold and it was the second place the one that received bronze, but when current rules were established, previous results were updated and the medals were officially awarded.[1]

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