Simeon Toribio

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Olympic medal record
Men's athletics
Competitor for the  Philippines
Bronze 1932 Los Angeles High jump

Simeon G. Toribio (September 3, 1905 – June 5, 1969) was a Filipino athlete, who won the bronze medal in the high jump at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, United States. He represented the Philippines in three consecutive Summer Olympics, starting in 1928.[1][2]

Biography[edit]

According to author Jorge Afable, Toribio could have won the gold medal, if not only for the "call of nature". It was a grueling four-hour competition to jump over the bar raised at 6 feet and six inches high. Toribio, who once made the jump, failed to overcome it the second time because he was distressed by call of nature. Before this, Toribio narrowly missed the bronze in the 1928 Amsterdam Games.

Toribio, who studied at Silliman University,[3] later became a lawyer. In 1941, he was elected to the House of Representatives of the Philippines, representing the Second District of Bohol, and serving until 1953.

Preceded by
Olegario B. Clarin
Representative, 2nd District of Bohol
1941–1953
Succeeded by
Bartolome C. Cabangbang

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ [Philippine Daily Inquirer: War-torn Afghanistan wins Olympic bronz]. By: Ramon J. Farolan. Posted September 8, 2008. Accessed June 29, 2009.
  2. ^ [SR Olympics. Athletes: Simeon Toribio]. Accessed June 29, 2009.
  3. ^ Silliman University: History. su.edu.ph. Retrieved September 11, 2009.

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