Lolita Lagrosas Dawn of the Iron Maiden
Published October 11, 2017
Before Elma Muros, no other female Filipino athlete was as versatile as the Iron Maiden of Asia. Her range extended across the High Jump, Long Jump, and Pentathlon. The Pentathlon was a multi-event for women until the Heptathlon replaced it in 1981. And had 5 events instead of 7.
- 80 Hurdles
- High Jump
- Long Jump
- 200m (800m in 1976)
Born in Naawan, Misamis Oriental, August 24, 1938 in Naawan, Misamis Oriental near Cagayan De Oro (Roberts, 2020). She excelled at provincial meets in Hurdles, jumps, sprints, and throws. This led to a scholarship at Far Eastern University.
Above all, the 5’4.5 Lagrosas earned three medals at the Asian Games.
- 1958 High Jump Silver
- 1966 High Jump Silver
- 1966 Pentathlon Bronze
- 1970 High Jump Bronze
In the 1965 Taipei Dual meet, she took Gold in the High Jump, Long Jump, and Pentathlon.
Lagrosas was also a double Olympian, having competed at the 1964 Tokyo and 1968 Mexico Olympics. Her Personal bests were 1.69m in High Jump (1970), 5.71 in Long Jump (1966), and Pentathlon 4131 points (1968).
In conclusion, Lagrosas, after retiring as an athlete, served as the head coach of DLSU Manila for many years before retiring around 2004. She also coached St. Scholastica and among her athletes included Cherry Ann Janiva and SEA Games Decathlon Bronze medalist Edward Obiena.
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