Simeon Toribio

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Bronze 1932 Los Angeles High jump

Simeon G. Toribio (3 September 1905 – 5 June 1969)  was a Filipino track and field athlete, an Olympic medalist, a lawyer, and a congressional representative of Bohol.

Toribio specialized in the high jump event and represented the Philippines in various international track and field competitions. He won gold medals in high jump in five stagings of the Far Eastern Championship Games (1921, 1923, 1927, 1930, and 1934). He also represented the Philippines in three consecutive Olympic Games, starting in 1928 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The crowning glory of his track and field career came when he won the bronze medal in high jump at the 1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, USA. His bronze medal-winning jump saw him clearing a height of 1.97 meters.

Various awards and distinctions were given to Toribio in the course of his career, including being named "Asia's Best Athlete" for his achievements in the Far Eastern Championship Games. In 1930, Toribio was also awarded the Helms World Trophy for being Asia's greatest athlete.

Toribio graduated from Siliman University and soon became a lawyer. He served as the representative of the second district of Bohol from 1941 to 1953.


Reference

Dela Cruz, Juan. Filipino World Champions. National Book Store, 2005.

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