Salvador del Rosario

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Salvador Romualdo del Rosario
Born (1944-10-24) October 24, 1944 (age 71)
Anonang, Cabangan, Zambales, Commonwealth of the Philippines

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

Athletic career[edit]

1963[edit]

Del Rosario began serious training in competitive 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.[citation needed]

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 June 30, 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.[citation needed] He was at the time only 18 years old and his auspicious debut delighted local weightlifting circles.

One month later, he was pitted against the best lifters of Luzon in the Regional Meet held at Baguio City. He exceeded his lift performance 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 being discouraged, Del Rosario 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.[citation needed]

For 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 there would be less competition. The decision paid off when Salvador earned 3rd place and was awarded a trophy for the first time.[citation needed]

1964[edit]

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.

1965[edit]

During the 1965 Luzon Regional Meet at Olongapo, Zambales, del Rosario for the first time officially broke the 600 pound weightlifting barrier when he made 605 lbs to earn the silver medal. However, he did edge out highly favored Godofredo Canlas, a several time National Champion, a record holder and the Philippine Representative to the 111 Asian Games at Tokyo, Japan.

For the National Championships at Bacolod City, del Rosario clinched his first national crown - the flyweight weightlifting title while breaking a national record. His 226 lbs. lift exceeded the former mark by 6-1/2 lbs. In addition, he earned the right to represent the Philippines in the 1965 World and Asia Meet that was held in Tehran, Iran.

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

In addition to these honors, del Rosario was chosen by the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) as the Weightlifter of the Year. With this esteemed honor he received the prestigious (PSA) plaque.

In summary, for 1965, the competitions he joined, records established, and awards received are as follows:[citation needed]

  1. World and Asian Meets (Tehran, Iran): Silver Medalist
  2. Philippines Sportswriters Association: Weightlifter of the Year
  3. National Championships: Gold Medalist and new National record
  4. Luzon Regional Meet: Silver Medalist

1966[edit]

In a remarkable year for the Philippine Sports, del Rosario established an unofficial world record of 273 lbs that paved the way for winning his second National Open Title.

He represented the Philippines in the 4th Asian Games at Bangkok, Thailand. 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.

For 1966, the competitions he joined, record established, and awards received are as follows:[citation needed]

  1. 4th Asian Games (Bangkok, Thailand): 4th Place
  2. Philippine Sportswriters Association: Weightlifter of the Year
  3. Established Unofficial World Record: 273 lbs. in Clean and Jerk Event
  4. Philippine National Champion
  5. Most Outstanding Lifter award

1967[edit]

Del Rosario established two National marks: 220 - 1/4 lbs. lift in the Press Event and 666-1/2 lbs. for the total. He earned his 3rd PSA Weightlifter of the Year award. Moreover, he earned a presidential citation and a plaque that was personally awarded by former President Ferdinand E. Marcos during the 1st Philippine Sports Festival held at the Rizal Football Field in December.[2]

During 1967, the competitions joined, records established, and awards received are as follows:[citation needed]

  1. PSA: Weightlifter of the Year
  2. Award: Presidential Citation and Plaque
  3. Established: two Philippine National Records

1968[edit]

Since the flyweight category is not contested in the Olympic weightlifting sports, it was decided that Salvador compete in the Bantamweight category. During this Olympiad del Rosario was the first and only Filipino to reach the 700 lbs. barrier. This entitled him to an award given by the International Weightlifting Federation[3] 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 achieved the Most Outstanding Lifter in the competition. No other Filipino had attained this award in the National Competition.

Del Rosario was chosen team captain of the Philippine Republic weightlifting contingent for the XIX Olympic Games in Mexico City. He had a good start but due to technicalities raised, some of his easy lifts were disqualified. His display of sportsmanship in the Olympiad earned Salvador another plaque: for the 4th consecutive time, he was awarded the Weightlifter of the Year.

During 1968, the competitions he joined, records established, and awards received are as follows:[citation needed]

  1. First awardee: Badge of Honor and Trophy'
  2. Award: Most Outstanding Lifter
  3. Award: Philippine National Champion and Best Lifter
  4. Achievement: Broke all the National Standing Records
  5. Team captain and Olympic competitor in Mexico City

1969[edit]

Salvador returned to the Flyweight Class and 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.

During 1969, the competitions joined, records established, and awards received are as follows:[citation needed]

  1. Philippine National Champion
  2. Most Outstanding Lifter
  3. PSA award: Most Outstanding Lifter
  4. Regional Championship (FEU Gym July 20): Champion

1970[edit]

For the 1970 competitions he joined, records established, and awards received are as follows:[citation needed]

  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 July 4):
     * Established a Philippine Record in the Olympic Snatch Event
     * Most Outstanding Lifter
     * Flyweight Category Winner
  3. Tryout for the 6th Asian Games (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 Championship (Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA September 12):
     * Broke the Philippine Records in the Olympic Snatch Event, the latter exceeded the existing Asian record by 5 kilograms. 11 lbs.
     * Won the overall championship in the Flyweight category, in a field of 12 outstanding lifters.
     * Awarded gold medals in the Snatch and Clean and Jerk events.[4]
  5. Competition at PAFF Citation Day (Indoor Gym, Manila, October 12)
  6. PWA Thanksgiving Day: Del Rosario Day (November 28)
  7. Competition at VIth Asian Games (Exhibition Hall Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand, December 9):
     * First in Clean and Jerk Event for the Flyweight Category
     * Runner up in the Overall Standing in the Flyweight Category
  8. Competition at AFP Little Olympics: Champion

1971[edit]

In 1971 the competitions he joined, records established, and awards received are as follows:[citation needed]

  1. 25th National Open Championships (Bulacan Provincial Stadium, Malolos, Bulacan, July 23):
     * Winner in the Flyweight Class
     * Awardee of the Outstanding Leader trophy
  2. 1st Asian Weightlifting Champions (FEU Auditorium, Manila, October 8–10):
     * 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, November 21 – December 1):
     * Broke the Philippine Record in the Snatch Event
     * Won the Gold Medal in the Flyweight Class
  4. Award: PSA Athlete of the Year

1972[edit]

During 1972, the competitions he joined, records established, and awards received are as follows:[citation needed]

  1. Palarong Pilipino (Simultaneously the National Championships for Weightlifting, PAFF Gymnasiun, Manila, June 20):
     * 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, February 19–22): Champion

1973[edit]

For 1973, the competitions he joined, records established, and awards received are as follows:[citation needed]

  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, September 15):
     * Finished 9th among a field of 32 participants
  3. First RP - Korea Goodwill matches (University of Baguio):
     * Gold medal in the Flyweight Class

1974[edit]

In 1974, the competitions he joined, records established, and awards received are as follows:[citation needed]

  1. 2nd Northern Luzon Weightlifting Championships (Candon, Ilocos Sur, March 22):
     * Winner Flyweight Class Gold Medal
     * Award: Best Lifter Trophy
  2. 3rd Palarong Pilipino competition (PAAF Indoor Gym, Manila, June 5):
     * Flyweight National Champion
  3. 7th Asian Games (Tehran, Iran, September 1–16):
     * 5th place in the Flyweight Category
  4. 20th World Championships (Rizal Memorial Coliseum, Manila, September 21–29):
     * 8th place 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, November 21):
     * Broke the 4-year-old record in the Olympic Snatch event

1975[edit]

During 1975, the competitions he joined, records established, and awards received are as follows:[citation needed]

  1. Competition: (Manila Overseas Press Club, Manila, April 4):
     * Award: first All Filipino Sports Award Trophy
  2. 2nd All Filipino Sports Awards Presentation (Folk Arts Theater, Manila, 3 May):
     * Winner of the AFSA trophy: Weightlifter of 1974
  3. Intercity Weightlifting Championships (Tokyo, Japan, November 2):
     * Gold medalist in the Olympic Jerk Event
  4. 29th National Open Weightlifting Championships (UP Diliman, Quezon City, December 15–16):
     * Flyweight Champion
     * Award: Most Outstanding Trophy
     * 10th Consecutive Year being the Most Outstanding Weightlifter
     * 10th year winning the Most Outstanding Weightlifter

1976[edit]

For 1976, the competitions he joined, records established, and awards received are as follows:[citation needed]

  1. Competition at Olympic Games (Montreal, Canada, July 18):
     * Only Olympic point winner
  2. Competition at Regional Championship (Angono, Rizal, November 28):
     * Champion
     * Most Outstanding Lifter
  3. 30th National Open (UP Gym, December 11):
     * Champion, Flyweight Class
     * Outstanding Lifter
  4. Battle of the Champions (Dagupan City, December 19–20):
     * Champion

1977[edit]

In 1977, the competitions he joined, records established, and awards received are as follows:[citation needed]

  1. Asian Weightlifting Championships (Singapore, September 3–4):
     * Gold medal (Snatch)
     * Gold medal (Clean and Jerk)
     * Gold medal (total)
  2. 21st National Open (Agoo, La Union, December 11–12):
     * Winner Flyweight category (Gold medal)
     * Most Outstanding Lifter
  3. 11th SEA Games (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, November 26):
     * Silver Medal (Snatch)
     * Silver Medal (Clean and Jerk)
     * Silver Medal (total)

1978[edit]

During 1978, the competitions he joined, records established, and awards received are as follows:[citation needed]

  1. 4 ASEAN Weightlifting Championships (Manila, Philippines, June 22):
     * Winner Flyweight Category
  2. Fil-Am Weightlifting Championship (Clark Air Base, Angeles City, July 4):
     * Champion
     * Most Outstanding Lifter
  3. 10th SEA Games (Jakarta, Indonesia, September 22):
     * 2 Gold medals
     * 1 bronze medal
  4. 33rd National Open (Tagbilaran City, November 4–6):
     * Silver medalist

1980[edit]

For 1980, the competitions he joined, records established, and awards received are as follows:[citation needed]

  1. 12th Asian Weightlifting Championships (Seoul, Korea, April 22–24):
     * 1 Gold medal
     * 2 Silver medals
  2. 4th Battle of Strength (Bayombong, Pangasinan, March 4–5):
     * 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, October 24–27):
     * Earned 6th place
  5. 34th National Open (Zamboanga City, November 21–23):
     * Silver medal
  6. 15th Intercommand (AFP) Little Olympics (PAF Gym, December 7)
  7. 6th ASEAN Weightlifting Championships (Jakarta, Indonesia, December 19–21):
     * Gold Medal (Snash)
     * Gold Medal (Clean and Jerk)
     * Gold Medal (Total)
  8. Philippines Sportswriter Association (January 12):
     * Weightlifter of the Year
  9. Qualified for Moscow Olympic Games - 1980
  10. Crossfield Supergames II (Rizal Stadium, March 2):
     * Tug-of-war participant, Champion

1981[edit]

In 1981, the competitions he joined, records established, and awards received are as follows:[citation needed]

  1. New Zealand Summer Games (January 30–31):
     * 2nd over-all
     * 1st in the Olympic Jerk competition
  2. Philippine Sportswriter Association (January 12):
     * Award: Most Outstanding Lifter
  3. Philippine Weightlifting Association (March 11):
     * Award: PWA Recognition Award
  4. 35th National Open (Batangas National High School, Batangas City, October 21–24):
     * Champion
     * Most Outstanding Lifter
  5. 11th SEA Games (Manila, December 6–12):
     * 2 Silver medals
     * 1 Bronze medal

1982[edit]

During 1982, the competitions he joined, records established, and awards received are as follows:[citation needed]

  1. AFP Little Olympics (23–30 May):
     * Champion
  2. 1st Powerlifting (R.P. July 3–4):
     * Champion
     * Strongest Man Trophy

Athletic record[edit]

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 -

[DelRosario 1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ SR/Olympic Sports. "Salvador Del Rosario". Olympic Sports. Retrieved May 29, 2013.