Venezuelan boxing lost one of its most important figures historically with the death of Pedro Gamarro. The Olympic medalist of Montreal in 1976 ceased his time with us at dawn on Tuesday due to heart problems that were dragged on for years.
South American media reported that the “Train of Machiques” arrived with him still alive at night hours at the Coromoto hospital in Zulia state, but the effort of the medical team could not prevent his departure. Gamarro is one of the sports glories of Venezuela and is the winner of the first silver medal for Venezuela in the Olympic Games. He was 64 years old.
Many think that Gamarro deserved the gold medal of that edition of the Olympic Games on Canadian soil. In the end, the German Jochen Bachfeld took the gold medal, but those attending the venue made it clear their disagreement with the decision before what they considered a clearly dominant performance of the Venezuelan fighter of 67 kilograms.
Gamarro also won two bronze medals in the Pan American Games, specifically in Mexico of 75 and Caracas 83. Another highlight on the Zuliano’s Olympic trail was the bronze achieved in the Central American and Caribbean Games that were held in the Dominican Republic in 1974 .
The World Boxing Association (WBA) sends its condolences to family and friends of Gamarro and words of encouragement at this very strong moment. Fly high, champion, and Rest In Peace.