Full name: TeÃ³filo 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, TeÃ³filo 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 Philippinesâ 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||Q||2:53.2|
|1928 Summer||25||Amsterdam||Swimming||Philippines||Round One||Heat Two||3||q||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||Q||2:48.4|
|1932 Summer||29||Los Angeles||Swimming||Philippines||Round One||Heat Three||1||Q||2:53.7|
|1936 Summer||33||Berlin||Swimming||Philippines||Semi-Finals||Heat Two||4||q||2:46.8|
|1936 Summer||33||Berlin||Swimming||Philippines||Round One||Heat Five||2||Q||2:47.4|