First Published April 11, 2016
Arsenio Jazmin was one of the great early quarter milers from the hot spot of Bicol, who inspired and led to Bicol becoming a powerhouse in the Philippines 400m running for the next few decades.
I had the chance to meet the legendary sprinter, during my stint as a Palaro Coach for Zamboanga in Albay. He is 80+ years old!
Born May 25, 1935, in Bicol.
The 5’10 Jazmin won the National Open in 1960 with a run of 48.8 and also took the win at the BPISAA with a time of 48.9 that same year and also winning the 800.
In 1962 he timed 49.15 and 48.63 to qualify through to the finals at the 1962 Asian Games.
Placing 4th at the Asian Games in Jakarta, this was 48.4 hands timed. But 48.49 adjusted time. The Final was won by the famous Milkha Singh of India in 46.95, ahead of countryman Makhan Singh 47.57, Kimitada Hayase of Japan just robbed Jasmin of a medal with 48.42.
The team of Pellosis, Antonio Suplido, Jazmin and Roberto Guillergan finished 4th in the 4×400 in 3.15.87.
He won the Tri-Service meet the next year with a 49.5 run in Manila.
Jasmin ran the 400m Dash at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics timing 49.9 was 5th in heat 2 and failed to progress. in 1966 he won the National Open in Amoranto Stadium, Quezon City over Antonio Suplido and Aparicio Mequi.
He later became a national coach and then a paramount coach in Bicol for many many years. Among his pupils included Santos Magno who later on went to be his assistant and a very good coach in his own right as well.
Kindly would welcome any more information on Mr. Arsenio Jazmin