Voted by a landslide into the Legends of Track and Field is Santos Magno.
Known as part of the great line of quarter milers that were pumped out of the hot spot region of Bicol. Magno was one of these 400m runners. After his running career he would go onto become a very vital part of the Gintong Alay Program in the 1980s.
Santos Magno Early Days
Santos was born on 11 April 1952 in the Bicol Region.
He came from a batch of athletes including Clemente Lupangoo and Romeo
Montanez from 1969 and was coached by Arsenio Jazmin in the province of Albay in the Bicol Region who had been 4th at the Asian Games some years earlier in the quarter-mile.
He placed silver in the Singapore Open in 1972 timing 48.5 behind Peyadesha of Malaysia 48.1. With 48.6 in the semis.
The following year In 1973 the Asian Championships Santos placed 5th in the final in 48.0 with training partner Lupangoo in 7th at the same time.
Having clocked 49.3 in the heats.
In the 1974 Asian Games in Tehran Santos clocked 48.73 to place 5th in heat 1 and did not progress.
During the 1977 SEA Games finished 5th in 50.00. In the 1978 National Games in CDO he won the 400m in 50.3.
Santos Magno Assistant Coach
By the 1980s Santos was brought in as a coach on the Gintong Alay Program and helped Australian Coach Tony Benson a lot with the training and scouting of talented athletes.
Combined with his mentor Arsenio Jazmin, the duo has produced several national athletes from the Bicol Region for half a century. In fact, more than Pinoyathletics can list. Including Isidro Del Prado and Romeo Gido. Among many other athletes, he coached included National Junior Record Holder at the time Julio Bayaban. After Benson left the program in 1983. Magno carried on the work. Eventually when he ended his stint as a national coach.
He continued as a grass-root coach and then consultant coach and mentor to athletes in his home province of Bicol.