Alberto Torres de la Mota turned 30 years old in October 1964. That month, the runner from La Vega became the first and only Dominican up to that point to represent his country in the Olympic Games. Despite wanting to attend the Olympic Games in Tokyo with a bigger delegation of weightlifters, boxers and wrestlers, the financial situation of the country during that time only allowed for the participation of Torres, along with trainer and delegate Wiche García Saleta.
In his debut, he registered a time of 10.8 seconds in the 100-meter dash, finishing 6th in the first heat of this category. He was eliminated from further competition. The gold was won by American Robert Hayes with 10.0 seconds, the silver went to Cuban Enrique Figuerola and the bronze to Canadian Harry Jerome.
Torres, who passed away in 1999, would not only become immortalized in the Dominican Sports Hall of Fame in 1979, but would also be remembered for having planted in the minds of Dominicans the possibility of not only dreaming about the Olympics, but being part of them.