Enrique Beech

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Olympic medal record
Competitor for  Philippines
Men's shooting
Asian Games
Bronze 1954 Manila Trap
Bronze 1958 Tokyo Trap

Enrique Beech (August 14, 1920 – November 14, 2012) was a Philippine sport shooter. He was born in Manila[1] and attended Colegio de San Juan de Letran and San Beda College, where he played on the association football squad. He was recruited upon his 1936 graduation to play for the Philippines national football team and stayed with them through 1950, when a knee injury put his career on hold. The Philippine Olympic Committee, then the Philippine Amateur Athletic Federation, helped pay for a knee operation so that he could resume playing, but Beech soon turned to shooting following his recovery, believing that he would have a better chance to medal in this sport at the 1954 Asian Games.[2][3]

Beech competed in trap shooting throughout his career and won a bronze medal at the 1954 Asian Games. Two years later he headed to the 1956 Summer Olympics, where he placed 24th in a field of 32 participants in the same event. At the 1958 Asian Games he again captured a bronze medal and his last major international tournament was the 1960 Summer Olympics, where he ended up near the bottom of the rankings in the competition.[1] He later found success in golf[3] and was inducted into the San Beda College Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.[4] Outside of sports he worked in the cargo department of Philippine Airlines and later ran a travel agency. From 1990 until his death he served as a consultant to the Philippine Sports Commission.[3] He died November 14, 2012 in Parañaque.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gjerde, Arild; Jeroen Heijmans; Bill Mallon; Hilary Evans (2011). "Enrique Beech Biography and Olympic Results". Olympics. Sports Reference.com. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  2. ^ Henson, Joaquin (2011-10-31). "Olympian prays for London gold". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  3. ^ a b c Henson, Joaquin (2007-11-29). "Why not Beech?". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  4. ^ Del Gallego, Mike (2004). "SBC 2003 SPORTS.... HALL OF FAME". Degalen Corporation. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  5. ^ "Beech, 92". Malaya. 2012-11-15. Retrieved 2012-11-14.