Last Updated on January 1, 2023 by Andrew Pirie
Photo Credit: Gerard Beguin
First Published July 3, 2015
Arnulfo Vallejos Valles was born on 15th August 1940, in Tagbilaran, Bohol.
Valles was an active sprinter during most of the 1960s. He was a BPSIAA (Public Interscholastic Athletics Association, the Palarong Pambansa) standing out with William Mordeno.
While Valles represented the Philippines in 1964 at the Tokyo Olympic Games, finishing 7th in heat 3 in 11.1 (11.21a). 7th in heat 3 of the Men’s 4×100 in 41.7; his teammates were Miguel Ebreo, Claro Pellosis, and Rogelio Onofre.
At the 1966 Asian Games in Bangkok with Rogelio Onofre, Remigio Vista, and William Mordeno, he won a bronze medal in the 4×100 in 41.3. Hence the Philippines, however, failed to defend the title they won four years prior.
Most noteworthy was that Valles’s best time came in 1967 when he clocked 10.5 in the 100-meter dash. During the 1967 National Open in Paniqui, Tarlac took the national title in 21.9 from Rogelio Onfore 22.0.
Especially relevant was that he was the joint-fastest man in 1967 in the 100m with Onofre. And in 1966 and 1968, the fastest man in the Philippines in the 200.
By 1968 the Greatest challenge to Onofre Supremacy in the sprints was Valles another AFP Man; a major in the Philippine Navy. Valles stood 5’9 and weighed 66kg. He was lightning in the blocks and after losing the 100m to Onofre. Finally got his revenge in the 200m by beating Onofre and winning the national title in 21.6 Graphic. (1968). Philippines: (n.p.).
Arnulfo Valles met his wife Nelia at the 1964 Asian Games; they had two children, a daughter who became a nun in Italy and a son who works in Dubai.
Arnulfo Valles Bio, Stats, and Results. (n.d.). Olympics at Sports-Reference.Com; web.archive.org. Retrieved August 21, 2022, from https://web.archive.org/web/20200418011339/https://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/athletes/va/arnulfo-valles-1.html
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