Claro Pellosis

Claro Pellosis (28 Nov 1934-21 July 2019) Athletics Guru Dies

First Published 22 July 2019

Claro Pellosis when he was a much younger man. 3rd runner in the 1962 Asian Games in Jakarta, an unexpected late inclusion, the team went onto win the Gold. Photo Credit:  Gerard Beugin

Sad News this morning that Claro Pellosis has passed away at the age of 84. Pinoyathletics and I wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to a coach, mentor, and friend who touched the lives of so many of the athletic community.

Pellosis, a former sprinter who competed at the 1960 Rome Olympics. Despite being better known as a 400 runner. Running all 3 sprints, Claro recorded 10.7,22.2, 49.4 for the 100/200/400 in 1962.

 He was also part of the 1962 Asian Games 4×100 which took the Gold Medal in Jakarta. His teammates were Remigio Vista, Isac Gomez, and Rogelio Onofre. Onofre is now the sole survivor of that group.

Pellosis worked for many years as a coach and instructor to students and PE Teachers. A one-time head coach of PATAFA.

He wrote the programs for Tatang De Vega for Lydia De Vega. He shared close friendship with Michael Keon and was invited to help with the Ilocos Norte Sports Program when Keon became Governor of that province. In later years he worked as a Chief Technical official.

I am personally honored that I was the last athlete that Claro helped. He was coaching me from late 2001 to Mid 2002. From him, I learned how to run the curve.


“One foot width from the line, One eye follows the line and navigates the other looks straight. left arm lean at the shoulder and keep straight, right arm crosses the body”


Skills he had undoubtedly passed on from his coach, the Great Ruperto Evangelista.

I passed on all he taught me to my athletes when I became a coach later on.

Claro, even well into his 80s, was a very active technical official and met a consultant. A fire in 2003 at the family house in Paco and the passing of good friends and his wife were setbacks.

Claro was very fond of sharing his knowledge with the young athletes and also playing bingo. Claro died after a cardiac arrest while having lunch with his family. Rushing Claro to Manila Doctors hospital where attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.


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