Born 30 November, 1933.
Following in the foot steps of Simeon Toribio and Andres Franco Baronda became the top man in 1956 with the retirement of Franco. And over the next 15 years he would be the #1 High Jumper in the Philippines 12 of those 15 years. He was unchallenged in his 20s, and evenly matched with younger rivals Septim and Rogelio Onofre.
In the Melbourne Olympics, he cleared the qualifying height of six feet, 3-1/2 inches but failed at six feet, 5-1/8 inches to land 17th. He was fourth in the Asian Games in Tokyo last May (1959). Baronda went to the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne. . He finished 17th of 23 in 1.92m.
Asian Games and Ciriaco Baronda Breaking the National Record
Baronda took the Bronze at the 1962 Asian Games in Jakarta with a 1.95m effort. The Highlight of Baronda career was finally breaking Toribio national record which had stood for 30 years with a 2.03m leap. Baronda proceeded to hold the Phi Record for 23 years until Arnel Innocando improved it to 2.07m in 1985.
Andrew is an ATFS Statiscian in Athletics with a wide range of knowledge in measurable sports. He has worked as a PSC Consultant and Research Assistant from 2013-2015, Consultant and Sprint Coach at Zamboanga Sports Academy from 2015-2017. And is current editor and chief of Pinoyathletics.info, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program. Currently, he is coaches Sprints, Middle and Jump events he is working towards his Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles.
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