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Teófilo Yldefonso

Full name: Teófilo E. Yldefonso
Nickname(s): Ilocano Shark
Gender: Male
Height: 5-6.5 (170 cm)
Weight: 161 lbs (73 kg)
Born: November 11, 1902 in Piddig, Ilocos Norte, Philippines
Died: June 19, 1942 in Capas, Tarlac, Philippines
Country: PHI Philippines
Sport: Swimming

Related Olympians: Great-grandfather of Daniel Coakley.

Medals: 2 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

After winning bronze medals in the 200 m breaststroke in 1928 and 1932, Teófilo Yldefonso competed again in 1936 and placed seventh. He was the first Filipino to win an Olympic medal. His swimming career, which started in his local Guisit River, spanned a 16-year period.

In World War II Yldefonso fought as a lieutenant against the Japanese and survived the Bataan Death March in 1942, one of the greatest war crimes by the Japanese. A short time later, he died in a concentration camp near Capas from the effects of an injury caused by shrapnel. His remains were never recovered. His daughter Norma won a silver medal in swimming at the Asian Games in 1954. In 2006, in his home town of Piddig in the northern part of the Philippines’ main island Luzon a statue was unveiled in his honor.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Summer 25 Amsterdam Swimming Men's 200 metres Breaststroke Philippines PHI 3 Bronze
1932 Summer 29 Los Angeles Swimming Men's 200 metres Breaststroke Philippines PHI 3 Bronze
1936 Summer 33 Berlin Swimming Men's 200 metres Breaststroke Philippines PHI 7

Men's 200 metres Breaststroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1928 Summer 25 Amsterdam Swimming Philippines Final 3 2:56.4
1928 Summer 25 Amsterdam Swimming Philippines Semi-Finals Heat One 3 QU 2:53.2
1928 Summer 25 Amsterdam Swimming Philippines Round One Heat Two 3 QC 2:57.4
1932 Summer 29 Los Angeles Swimming Philippines Final 3 2:47.1
1932 Summer 29 Los Angeles Swimming Philippines Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 2:48.4
1932 Summer 29 Los Angeles Swimming Philippines Round One Heat Three 1 QU 2:53.7
1936 Summer 33 Berlin Swimming Philippines Final 7 2:51.1
1936 Summer 33 Berlin Swimming Philippines Semi-Finals Heat Two 4 QC 2:46.8
1936 Summer 33 Berlin Swimming Philippines Round One Heat Five 2 QU 2:47.4
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