Last Updated on August 15, 2023 by Andrew Pirie
I’m afraid I disagree with Eddie Alinea that Lydia De Vega is the Phi greatest ever Filipina athletes in Track and Field.
Our Greatest Ever Filipina Athletes in Track and Field response to Eddie Alinea writeup
My vote is with Josephine Dela Vina.
Philippine Sports never well recognized her during her lifetime for her contributions.
And who I had nominated fo
r the Philippine Sports Hall of Fame.
While De Vega might be a more popular and better-known Filipina athlete, Dela Vina performed better at a higher level.
She was an outstanding Junior who took bronze at the Asian Games in 1962 at 16 in the Discus. Her Junior record set in 1965 is the oldest standing Philippine Record.
Her senior record, which was set when she was at the peak of her powers in Bakersfield, the US, of 54.71m in 1971, is still good enough to win a silver medal in the 2019 SEA Games 48 years later.
And it is the oldest standing Philippine senior record.
In retrospect, Lydia was an outstanding Junior who won the 1982 Asian Games at 18 years of age 100m; she went onto win two more Asian Games Golds in 1986 in 100 and 200.
Lydia was at the peak of her powers in 1987, setting the Phi Record, which has now stood for 33 years. Lydia held records in the 100, 200, 400 junior and senior events and 60m indoors.
Currently, she now still has the Senior 100, Junior 200, and 60m Indoors. The other records all broken in the last few years.
For Filipina athletes, both the Throws and Sprints are challenging events to excel globally.
Please note both Dela Vina and De Vega are the only two phi female track and field athletes to distinguish both having the prestigious distinction of being Asian Games and Asian Track and Field Champion.
However, Dela Vina is the only Female Track and Field athlete from the Philippines to make an Olympic Final.
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