Andres Tan Franco
Andres Tan Franco (1925-2008)
Although he will be in the shadow of our greatest High Jumper. Simeon Toribio. Andres Franco’s tremendous unmatched feat of an Asian Games gold medal finally earns him the right to the Pinoyathletics Hall of Fame.
He was raised and born in Tondo, Philippines (30 November 1925). The youngest son of Sabina Tan and Agaton Franco. He has four sisters Aurora, Natividad, Iniang, Edeng and one brother, Alberto. He is of Spanish and Chinese descent.
After the war with Civico Grando retired. Franco immediately burst onto the scene at age 23. He would continue as the most dominant High Jumper in the Philippines another 6 years.
While the highlight of Franco’s career was winning the Gold Medal for the Philippines at the 1951 Asian Games High jump with 1.93m. Furthermore, this feat could have landed him second or third if he had participated in the London Olympics in 1948. Also, he won an Asian Bronze medal in the 1954 Asian Games.
Franco also leaped 6.31m in the Long Jump in 1951. Also, a decent Triple Jumper Franco was the best in the Philippines in 1949 and from 1951 to 1953. He recorded 13.40m in the Standing Broad Jump (Triple Jump).
While In the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki Franco finished 31st only managing 1.87m.
Also, Franco played Basketball. And later became a Basketball Referee/coach. And established a career as a Police Man. A kind man of good moral principles Franco refused a bribe given to him by a Chinese shop owner.
Also serving as a technical official in Track and Field.
Franco was named athlete of the decade (1945-1954) by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
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Andrew was elected Vice President of the Association of Track and Field Statisticians in 2020 after being a member for 7 years.
He has worked as a PSC Consultant and Research Assistant from 2013-2015, Consultant, and Sprint Coach at Zamboanga Sports Academy from 2015-2017.
Current editor and chief of Pinoyathletics.info, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program.
Coaches Sprints, Middle and Jump events he is working towards his Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles.
He can be contacted on [email protected]
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