Full name: Teófilo E. Yldefonso
Nickname(s): Ilocano Shark
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
Related Olympians: Great-grandfather of Daniel Coakley.
Medals: 2 Bronze (2 Total)
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.
|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|
|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||Semi-Finals||Heat Two||4||QC||2:46.8|
|1936 Summer||33||Berlin||Swimming||Philippines||Round One||Heat Five||2||QU||2:47.4|