Anselmo Gonzaga (born April 21, 1906), he attended Siliman University in Dumaguete. He was famously known as ‘The Cainta Flash’.
Anselmo Gonzaga The Cainta Flash
Gonzaga first came to prominence in 1927 at the Philippine National Championships. In the 100m he lost to David Nepomuceno who clocked 10.6 and broke the national record. Gonzaga later that year clocked a 10.5 and rewrote the national record. The 10.5 ranked Gonzaga 4th= in the world at that time.
Gonzaga won the 200m title at the 1927 Far East Games (it was run in a straight line then) in Shanghai, China in August of that year. Just ou
tside the 22.1 National Record of Fortunato Catalon set in 1923). Nepomuceno the defending champion finished 3rd. He also won Gold in the 4x200m Relay for the Philippine Islands.
Meanwhile, Gonzaga was one of 4 athletes selected for the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam.
And he had times of 11.0 and 22.5 in 1928 for 100 and 200. So Gonzaga passed the first round finishing 2nd in Heat 16 of 16. Yes, 16 Heats!. He was behind Bob McAllister of the United States who won in 10.8. Gonzaga in 11.0. While finishing 5th in Heat 5 of round 2 in 11.0.
In the 200m he was 3rd in heat 5 in round 1 in 22.7, behind the Great Charlie Paddock of the United States who won the heat in 22.2. Gonzaga did not advance to the next round.
Gonzaga finished runner up in both the 100m (10.9) and 200m (22.0) at the 1930 Far East Asian Games behind Takayoshi Yoshioka of Japan. Also, he timed 10.9 and 21.5 (220 yards), the later which was his lifetime PB and served as the Filipino record right up until 1940.
The Following Year 1929, Gonzaga tied his national record again with a 10.5 run ranking him again 4th= in the world.
In 1932 he clocked 11.0 and 22.8 to win the National titles in the 100 and 200 for the last time at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
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