Friday, February 29, 2008
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To all sports fanatics in the Philippines, you would have noticed that we have recently a renaissance of sorts in the sport of swimming. It proved again to be a gold mine for the Team Philippines in the recent South East Asian games despite the fact that the country has its WORST showing ever in the biennial meet.
Out of all the swimmers we have today, it is Daniel Coakley that is the most impressive. His best time is good for 8th place in the Olympics. To think he's only 17 and never had any weights training! Talk about some pure talent in there!
Long before the likes of Daniel Coakley and the rest of the Filipino swimmers, there was this one person who lorded over the Philippine swimming scene. Nicknamed as the Ilocano Shark, Teofilo Yldefonso is considered as the greatest Filipino swimmer in history. You read it right amigo, greatest in history.
He is best remembered for accomplishing two feats: being the first Filipino to win an Olympic medal and the only Filipino who won two Olympic medals. He won his first bronze medal at the 200m breaststroke event at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics, and his second bronze at the same event at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics.
FYI, when I was making this post a while ago, I was really gonna be writing about Yldefonso and have Coakley as like a part of the intro. Never have i thought that Coakley is Yldefonso's grandson! Just amazing! Sweeeeet!
Daniel, show everyone what you're made of!
*Credits should be given to TanMan who originally owns the first photograph.
This post was written by: Jerick Baluyot
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