Consuela Lacusong, an iconic figure in Filipino athletics, stamped her mark in the history of sports on June 22, 1975. It was on this day that she achieved an astounding distance of 13.92m in the Women’s Shotput event at the National Open held in Cebu City. This remarkable performance wasn’t just any record. It stood tall as the Filipino National Record, a testament to Lacusong’s unparalleled prowess. The record remained unbeaten for an impressive 47 years until it was eventually surpassed on February 3, 2023, by the promising Fil-Heritage athlete, Shiloh Corrales-Nelson.
Standing at an impressive height of 5’10, Lacusong’s athletic journey was nothing short of extraordinary. She became a household name in the Southeast Asian sports circuit, clinching medals in three consecutive Southeast Asian Games. She showcased her mettle by securing silver medals in both the 1977 and 1983 editions. Moreover, in 1981, she gave yet another memorable performance, winning bronze with a commendable throw of 12.92 m.
Consuela’s achievements in athletics not only made her a star but also inspired countless budding athletes in the Philippines and the Southeast Asian region.
However, life post her sports career presented a series of challenges. She transitioned to a clerical role at the renowned Fort Bonifacio. Battling diabetes, Lacusong faced a major setback when she had to undergo leg amputation. But with the indefatigable spirit of a true champion, she didn’t let this adversity break her. The athletic community rallied around her, and her close friends successfully raised funds to secure a prosthetic leg. This invaluable support ensured that Consuela could continue her professional duties and maintain her dignity.
Beyond her professional achievements, Consuela played pivotal roles in personal spheres too. She was a loving wife to Manuel and a doting mother to their two children. Despite her incredible accomplishments and contributions to Filipino sports, she lived a life marked by humility. The country mourned the loss of this sporting legend when she passed away in March 2005, leaving behind a legacy that would inspire generations.
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