Enrique Bautista #3 in the 200 behind Milka Singh (India) and Abdul Khaliq (Pakistan) Bronze 1958 Tokyo Asian Games.
Born July 15, 1934, from Hagonoy, Bulacan. He stood 5’6 and 57kg.
The first performance we have noted in 11.2 as a Junior set in 21.02.1953. Therefore he finished fourth at the BPISAA that year in Vigan, Ilocos Sur. The BPISAA was the forerunner that was held from 1948-1973, becoming the Palarong Pambansa in 1974. Bautista was fourth in that race behind Remigio Vista, 19, Francisco, and Abdurrahim.
Bautista had his breakthrough in 1956 after 2 slow years of Men’s Sprints. Therefore at the Inter College held at Rizal Memorial on March 3, he was the fastest Filipino that year in 10.8 on March 3rd. He also clocked a time of 21.6 at the same meet, which was just .2 off De Guzman national record.
New Sprint King
The following week was the National Championships at Rizal Memorial. Bautista was up against Genaro Cabrerra, who had been the countries fastest man for the past 6 years starting in 1949. Cabrerra narrowly won the first heat in 10.9 from Musir Samampat 11.0, Germino Are 11.1, and Claro Pellosis 11.2. In addition, Bautista matched this with 10.9 in Heat 2, ahead of visitor RJ Long 11.0 and Remigio Vista 11.1. 2 Americans won Heat 3 and Heat 4.
In the Final Bautista won again matching 10.9 In conclusion ending the dominance of the aging Cabrerra who took silver and 11.0, and also beating the American visitors. Pedro Subido was bronze in 11.1.
In addition in the 200m, Bautista won Heat 1 in 22.4, beating old foe Remigio Vista 22.7 and Arnulfo Alvaro 23.2 the 1953 National Champion. Bautista claimed the national title in 22.0 narrowly D. Remota 22.1 and Akugi of Japan 22.3.
In 1957 he clocked 10.5 in Manila. Similarly tying the National Record of Antonio Salcedo (1936) and Nemesio De Guzman (1936 and 1939). He again tied the national record in 1958 with a 10.5 clocking and also another 21.6 in the 200m.
The Defining Moments for Bautista was in 1958 at the Tokyo, Asian Games. Where he took a Bronze in the 200m, behind the great Milka Singh (India) who set a games record in 21.6, and Abdul Khaliq of Pakistan 21.7. A more solid effort in the 4×100 would see him as an anchor runner with Vista, Isac Gomez, and Pedro Subido. Narrowly clinching the Gold Medal over Japan with both registering 41.4, Pakistan a very close battle also with Bronze in 41.5.
In 1959 he timed 10.6 and 21.7.
1960 Olympics Rome
In the 1960 Olympics in Rome. In conclusion, he timed a disappointing 23.16 in the heats placing 5th in heat 8 and did not progress. He was also a member of the 4×100 which was 4th in heat 4 in 41.55 and also failed to progress.
In 1961 he clocked 10.6 and 21.9. He finished third in the Singapore Nationals in 22.1 in the 200m. By this stage at 27, it saw the rise of a new star Rogelio Onofre who had converted from High Jump to the sprints. Just as Cabrera had ruled the Sprints from 1949 to 1955. Bautista time at the top was coming to an end 1956-1961 also enjoying like Cabrerra a 6year reign as the countries alpha sprinter.
By 1962, Bautista was playing second fiddle to Onofre. And was more of a relay runner. He timed 10.7 by age 28 in 1962 which placed him as the countries 5th fastest runner that year.
Behind Onofre, Vista, Gomez, and Gaya. In the 200m he was now second to his contemporary Isac Gomez. Bautista timed 22.0 that year and in the Asian Games in Jakarta was eliminated 4th in his heat in 22.75. In conclusion after that year, he had retired.
Bautista died July 25, 2005 age 71 at Pittsburgh, California, United States.
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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