Eulalio Ríos Alemán

Eulalio Ríos Alemán (21 January 1935[1] – c. 1980) was a Mexican Olympic swimmer.

Eulalio Ríos
Personal information
Full nameEulalio Ríos Alemán
Nationality Mexico
Born(1935-01-21)21 January 1935
Hueyapan de Ocampo, Mexico
Height1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)
Weight75 kg (165 lb)


He was born to a low-income family in a small town in the state of Veracruz, and from a young age he trained to swim against the current of a brook that passed near his home, in Hueyapan de Ocampo, to the south of Catemaco on the road to Coatzacoalcos.

Early years

He was already a fast freestyle swimmer with a thudding kick when he went to Xalapa to study law and to be coached in swimming.

In 1956 he learned the butterfly stroke under the guidance of his trainer Antonio Murrieta and watched an exhibition of the (by that time) "new dolphin kick" technique by the experienced swimmer Walter Ocampo, of Mexico City's Centro Deportivo Chapultepec.

He practiced and learned quickly in the cold waters of the rustic pool "La PLaya", near Los Berros park in Xalapa.

Within a few months he swam successfully in the olympic trials and was ready to compete for Mexico in the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games.

Competitions, records, prizes

  • Panamerican Games
  • Centroamerican Games
  • USA Open National Championships
  • 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games: He competed in the 200 meters butterfly, passed the qualifications heats and participated in the final, becoming the first Mexican swimmer to have done so in Olympic Games.
See: 200 m butterfly final in 1956
See: 200 m butterfly semifinal #1 in 1960.
  • "Trofeo Latinoamericano Cabeza De Palenque" awarded by the International Swimming Hall Of Fame" (at Fort Lauderdale, FL) "for the 1956 Olympics where he placed 6th in the 200m fly".[2]


  1. Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Eulalio Ríos Alemán". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  2. Hall of Fame
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