Salvador del Rosario

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Salvador Romualdo del Rosario
Born (1944-10-24) October 24, 1944 (age 70)
Anonang, Cabangan, Zambales

Salvador Romualdo del Rosario (born 24 October 1944), nicknamed, The Mighty Mite, is a Filipino weightlifter. He competed at the 1968, 1972 and 1976 Summer Olympics with a best finish of ninth in 1972.[1]

Athletic career[edit]

Begun serious training in competing weightlifting in January under the expert guidance of his uncle, Rodrigo Del Rosario. The older Del Rosario was responsible for the Philippines only points in the XIV Olympic Games held at London in 1948 and duplicated the same feat at the Helsinki Olympiad in 1952 together with teammate Pedro Landero. With roughly five months of preparation behind him, Salvador took part in his first competition in the National Junior Weightlifting Championships held at the Rizal Open Arena on 30 June 1963 along with 19 other budding strong men. Competing under the colors of Far Eastern University and weighing only 106.25 lbs., he cut the flyweight diadem with a compilation of 455 lbs. which was more than a hundred and fifty pounds below the Philippine National Record. He was then at the time only 18 years old and his as auspicious debut delighted local weightlifting circles.

Barely one month later, he was pitted against the best lifters of Luzon in the Regional Meet held at Baguio City. He improved his winning lifts in the Junior Tournament by fifteen pounds but this was only good for the 6th place - in a field of 6 flyweight lifters.

Instead of getting discouraged, he burned more calories in his workouts in a determined effort to keep up and eventually surpassed the leaders in his class. In another six weeks, he was given the task of representing Far Eastern University in the 1965 National Student Meet. This time he broke the 500 lbs barrier by registering a total of 515 lbs. a good fifty pounds over his record in his maiden appearance. However, he was still sixty pounds behind teammate, Arcadio Lacsamana, the winner. Later, in a special tryout, he qualified for the 1963 National "Open" Meet to be held at Cebu City.

Come the National Championships at the Aznar Coliseum in Cebu where all of the nation's strongest athletes converged. The FEU team coach found out that Salvador's chances in the flyweight category were very slim. So a last minute decision was made to increase his body weight and compete in the next higher class - the Bantam, where the competition was not quite tough. The decision paid off when Salvador landed in 3rd place and was awarded for the first time a glittering trophy.

After the 1963 National Tournament, while most of his colleagues just took it easy, Salvador plugged on harder and harder. He bypassed the Regional Meet held in Dagupan City in April 1964 and instead focused all his effort on the National Open slated in August. He was entered in the flyweight class, after his last lift and scores were computed, the Meet officials credited him with a respectable total of 580 pounds which earned him 3rd place honor. A feat that was remarkable at that time despite the fact that he tried to break a Philippine record though in futility.

A month before he celebrated his 20th birthday, his team participated in the National Teenage Tourney at Batangas. He bested two other contenders for the flyweight class wherein the total poundage was recorded at 595 pounds.

His first venture for additional athlete honors was during the 1965 Luzon Regional Meet at Olongapo, Zambales. It was his first time to officially break the 600 pound weightlifting barrier when he made 605 lbs although he had to settle for the silver medal. However, it was at this stage that he edged highly favored Godofredo Canlas, a several time National Champion, a record holder and the Philippine Representative to the 111 Asian Games at Tokyo, Japan.

At the much awaited event of the year - the National Championships at Bacolod City, clinched for the first the national crown - the flyweight weightlifting title. Moreover, he broke a national record. His 226 lbs. lift exceeded the former mark by 6-1/2 lbs. As if these were not enough he earned the right to represent the Philippines in the 1965 World and Asia Meet that was held in Tehran, Iran.

His international tournament debut, under the guidance of his uncle who acted as his coach, yielded him runner up honors in the Asian portion of the championships - the best performance so far made any Filipino flyweight weightlifter. The winner in his class, Chaiya Sushida of Thailand, was considered as the unofficial world champion.

The honors for the year 1965 did not end with those already enumerated. He was chosen by the Philippines Sportswriters Association (PSA) as the Weightlifter of the Year. With this esteemed honor was the awarding of the prestigious (PSA) plaque among the competitions he joined, records established and awards received for this year are as follows:

1. World and Asian Meets : Tehran, Iran - Silver Medalist

2. Philippines Sportswriters Association - Weightlifter of the Year

3. National Championships - Gold Medalist and broke National record

4. Luzon Regional Meet - Silver Medalist

A remarkable year for the Philippine Sports. Salvador established an unofficial world record of 273 lbs that paved the way for winning his second National Open Title.

It was also in this year that the honor of representing the Philippines in the 4th Asian Games at Bangkok, Thailand was duly given to Salvador. Despite his breaking a national record in this game, he landed 4th place due to a costly technical issue raised. However, he was once again awarded the PSA's Weightlifter of the Year.

Among the competitions he joined, record established and awards received for this year are as follows:

1. 4th Asian Games Bangkok, Thailand - 4th Place

2. Philippine Sportswriters Association - Weightlifter of the Year

3. Established Unofficial World Record of 273 lbs. in Clean and Jerk Event.

4. National Champion

5. Most Outstanding Lifter

It was in this particular year that he established two National marks - 220 - 1/4 lbs. lift in the Press Event and 666-1/2 lbs. for the total. His effort earned him his 3rd PSA Weightlifter of the Year. Moreover, it earned him a presidential citation and a plaque was personally awarded by former President Ferdinand E. Marcos during the 1st Philippine Sports Festival held at the Rizal Football Field in December.

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Among the competitions he joined, records established and awards received are as follows:

1. PSA Weightlifter of the Year

2. Presidential Citation and Plaque Awardee

3. Established two National Marks

The Olympic Year Since the flyweight category is not contested in the weightlifting sports, it was decided that Salvador compete in the Bantamweight category. Lady luck seemed to be with him in the Olympiad wherein he became first and only Filipino to reach the 700 lbs. barrier. This entitled him the elite badge of honor: an award given by the International Weightlifting Federation[DelRosario 2] to elite lifters from all over the world who had successfully achieved the standards prescribed by the body.

At the National Open Championships in Davao City, he brought back home with him two huge trophies for his record-breaking performances. He was undeniably the Most Outstanding Lifter in the competition. No other Filipino had attained such elite badge standard in the National Competition.

His magnificent performance earned him to be the team captain of the Philippine Republic Weightlifting Contingent that participated in the XIX Olympic Games in Mexico City. He had a good start but due to technicalities raised, some of his easy lifts were disqualified. The display of sportsmanship to such hoopla in the Olympiad earned Salvador another plaque. For the 4th consecutive time, he was awarded the Weightlifter of the Year.

Among the competitions he joined, records established and awards received are as follows:

1. 1st awardee of the elite badge of Honor and Trophy

2. Most Outstanding Lifter

3. National Champion and Best Lifter

4. Broke all the National Standing Records

5. Olympic Competitor in Mexico City

Playing once again in the Flyweight Class, Salvador won back the title he used to dominate at the first major competition of the year - the 23rd Luzon Open Meet held at Aguinaldo gym on August 28.

Among the competitions he joined, records established and awards received are as follows:

1. National Champion

2. Most Outstanding Lifter

3. PSA Most Outstanding Lifter Awardee

4. Regional Championship FEU Gym 20 July - Champion

Among the competitions he joined, records established and awards received are as follows:

1. 24th Luzon Open Meet Olongapo City, 17 May - Most Outstanding Lifter Trophy

2. National Open Championship Christ the King College, San Fernando, La Union 4 July

  • Established a Philippine Record in the Olympic Snatch Event
  • Most Outstanding Lifter
  • Flyweight Category Winner

3. Tryout for the 6th Asian Games at P. W. A. Manila

  • Broke the Philippine Records in the Olympic Snatch Event, Clean and Jerk Event and a total of three Olympic events.
  • Qualified for the 6th Asian Games in Bangkok, Thailand.

4. XXIVth World Weightlifting Champions: Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA 12 September

  • Broke the Philippine Records in the Olympic Snatch Event, the latter exceeded the existing Asian record by 5 kilograms. 11 lbs.
  • Won the overall championships in the Flyweight category in a field of 12 outstanding lifters.
  • Awarded gold medals in the Snatch and Clean and Jerk events.

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5. PAFF Citation Day: Indoor Gym, Manila 12 October

6. PWA Thanksgiving Day: Del Rosario Day 28 November

7. VIth Asian Games: Exhibition Hall Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand 9 December

  • 1st in Clean and Jerk Event for the Flyweight Category
  • Runner up in the Overall Standing in the Flyweight Category

8. AFP Little Olympics: CHAMPION

Among the competitions he joined, records established and awards received are as follows:

1. 25th National Open Championships: Bulacan Provincial Stadium, Malolos, Bulacan 23 July

  • Winner in the Flyweight Class
  • Awardee of the Outstanding Leader Trophy

2. 1st Asian Weightlifting Champions: FEU Auditorium, Manila 8–10 October

  • Winner in the Flyweight Class
  • Equaled the standing world record in the Clean and Jerk events

3. 11th AFP Little Olympics: Teano Hall, Fort Bonifacio, Rizal 21 November - 1 December

  • Broke the Philippine Record in the Snatch Event
  • Won the Gold Medal in the Flyweight Class

4. PSA Athlete of the Year

Among the competitions he joined, records established and awards received are as follows:

1. Palarong Pilipino (Simultaneously the National Championships for Weightlifting); PAFF Gymnasiun, Manila 20 June

  • Broke the Philippine Record for the Snatch Event
  • Won the gold medal in the Flyweight class
  • Named the Most Outstanding Athlete in the whole Palaro or Philippine Games

2. Member, Philippine Delegation to the 20th World Olympic Games in Munich, West Germany

3. 1st Northern Luzon Open Meet: Bangued, Abra 19–22 February

  • Champion

Among the competitions he joined, records established and awards received are as follows:

1. Second Palarong Pilipino: Rizal Memorial Indoor Gym, Manila 21 May

  • Winner in the Flyweight Class
  • Most Outstanding Lifter

2. 27th World Weightlifting Championships - Havana, Cuba 15 September

  • Finished 9th among a field of 32 participants

3. First RP - Korea Goodwill matches, University of Baguio

  • Gold medal in the Flyweight Class

Among the competitions he joined, records established and awards received are as follows:

1. 2nd Northern Luzon Weightlifting Championships: Candon, Ilocos Sur 22 March

  • Winner Flyweight Class (Gold Medal)
  • Awardee of the Best Lifter Trophy

2. 3rd Palarong Pilipino: PAAF Indoor Gym, Manila 5 June

  • Flyweight National Champion

3. 7th Asian Games: Tehran, Iran 1–16 September

  • 5th place in the Flyweight Category

4. 20th World Championships: Rizal Memorial Coliseum, Manila 21–29 September

  • Landed 8th in the 13-man field after lifting 92.5 kg in the Snatch and 122.5 kg in the Clean and Jerk

5. Tryout for the RP Lifting to the New Zealand Games: PWA Gym, Manila 21 November

  • Broke the 4 year old record in the Olympic Snatch event

Among the competitions he joined, records established and awards received are as follows:

1. Manila Overseas Press Club, Manila 4 April

  • Awardee of the 1st All Filipino Sports Award Trophy

2. 2nd All Filipino Sports Awards Presentation: Folk Arts Theater, Manila 3 May

  • Winner of the AFSA trophy of the Weightlifter of 1974

3. Intercity Weightlifting Championships: Tokyo, Japan 2 November

  • Gold medalist in the Olympic Jerk Event

4. 29th National Open Weightlifting Championships: UP Diliman, Quezon City 15–16 December

  • Flyweight Champion
  • Awardee of the Most Outstanding Trophy
  • His 10th Consecutive Year being the most Outstanding Weightlifter
  • His 10th year being the Most Outstanding Weightlifter

Among the competitions he joined, records established and awards received are as follows:

1. Olympic Games: Montreal, Canada 18 July

  • The only Olympic point winner

2. Regional Championship: Angono, Rizal 28 November

  • Champion
  • Most Outstanding Lifter

3. 30th National Open: UP Gym 11 December

  • Champion, Flyweight Class
  • Outstanding Lifter

4. Battle of the Champions: Dagupan City 19–20 December

  • Champion

Among the competitions he joined, records established and awards received are as follows:

1. Asian Weightlifting Chmapionships, Singapore 03 - 4 September

  • Gold medal (Snatch)
  • Gold medal (Clean and Jerk)
  • Gold medal (total)

2. 21st National Open: Agoo, La Union 11–12 December

  • Winner Flyweight category (Gold medal
  • Most Outstanding Lifter

3. 11th SEA Games, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 26 November

  • Silver Medal (Snatch)
  • Silver Medal (Clean and Jerk)
  • Silver Medal (total)

Among the competitions he joined, records established and awards received are as follows:

1. 4 ASEAN Weightlifting Chmapionships: Manila, Philippines 22 June

  • Winner Flyweight Category

2. Fil-Am Weightlifting Championship: Clark Air Base, Angeles City 4 July

  • Champion
  • Most Outstanding Lifter

3. 10th SEA Games: Jakarta, Indonesia 22 September

  • 2 Gold medals
  • 1 bronze medal

4. 33rd National Open Tagbilaran City 04 - 6 November

  • Silver medalist

Among the competitions he joined, records established and awards received are as follows:

1. 12th Asian Weightlifting Championships: Seoul, Korea 22–24 April

  • 1 Gold medal
  • 2 Silver medals

2. 4th Battle of Strength: Bayombong, Pangasinan 04 - 5 March

  • Champion, Gold Medal

3. Southern and Regional Weightlifting Championships: Philtrade, Manila

  • Champion
  • Most Outstanding Weightlifter
  • 3 Gold medals
  • Broke 3 records in National Light-flyweight Division

4. America Cup: Honolulu, Hawaii 24–27 October

  • 6th placer

5. 34th National Open: Zamboanga City 21–23 November

  • Silver medal

6. 15th Intercommand (AFP) Little Olympics: PAF Gym 7 December

7. 6th ASEAN Weightlifting Championships: Jakarta, Indonesia 19–21 December

  • Gold Medal - Snash
  • Gold Medal - Clean and Jerk
  • Gold Medal - Total

8. Philippines Sportswriter Association: 12 January

  • Weightlifter of the Year

9. Qualified for Moscow Olympic Games 1980

10.Crossfield Supergames II: Rizal Statium 2 March

  • Tug - of - war participant/Champion

Among the competitions he joined, records established and awards received are as follows:

1. New Zealand Summer Games: 30–31 January

  • 2nd over-all
  • 1st Olympic Jerk

2. Philippine Sportswriter Association 12 January

  • Most Outstanding Lifter Awardee

3. Philippine Weightlifting Association 11 March

  • PWA Recognition Award

4. 35th National Open: Batangas National High School, Batangas City 21–24 October

  • Champion
  • Most Outstanding Lifter

5. 11th SEA Games: Manila 06 - 12 December

  • 2 Silver medals
  • 1 Bronze

Among the competitions he joined, records established and awards received are as follows:

1. AFP Little Olympics 23–30 May

  • Champion

2. 1st Powerlifting (R.P.): 03 - 4 July

  • Champion
  • Strongest Man Trophy


Year Tournament Award Place
1965 ASIAN & WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Silver Medal Tehran, Iran
1966 ASIAN GAMES 4th Place Bangkok, Thailand
1968 Olympics - Mexico City, Mexico
1970 WORLD WEIGHTLIFTING CHAMPIONSHIP Champion (Gold Medal, silver, gold) Columbus, Ohio
1970 ASIAN GAMES Silver Medal Bangkok, Thailand
1971 1st Asian Championships Champion (Gold) Manila Philippines
1972 Olympic Games - Munich, Germany
1973 RP-Korea Lift Tournament Champion (gold) Baguio City, Philippines
1974 ASIAN Games 4th Place Tehran, Iran
1974 28th World Weightlifting Championship - Rizal Memorial Complex, Manila
1975 Inter-city Championship Champion (gold) Tokyo, Japan
1976 Olympic Games The only Filipino Point Winner 9th place Montreal, Canada
1977 3rd ASEAN Weightlifting Championship 3 Gold medals Singapore
1977 9th SEA Games Silver medal Singapore
1978 4th ASEAN Weightlifting Championship 3 Gold medals Manila, Philippines
1978 Fil-American Weightlifting Championship Champion, Most Outstanding Lifter Clark Airbase, Angeles City
1979 10th SEA Games 2 Gold medals, 1 bronze medal Jakarta, Indonesia
1980 12th Asian Championship Champion (gold) Seoul, Korea
1980 American Cup 6th placer Honolulu, Hawaii
1981 INVITATIONAL Games Jerk Champion Auckland, New Zealand
1981 11th SEA Games Silver medal Philippines
1981 6th ASEAN Weightlifting Championship 3 gold medals Indonesia
1965 - 1984 - National Champion -

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  1. ^ "Salvador del Rosario". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  1. ^ Del Rosario, Salvador. "Pres. Marcos awarded Salvador Del Rosario". Wikimedia Commons. Retrieved May 29, 2013. 
  2. ^ Wikipedia. "International Weightlifting Federation". Retrieved May 29, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Del Rosario, Salvador. "Mighty Mite: World Champion". Wikimedia Commons. Retrieved May 29, 2013.