Carlos Kevin Tan
The Mystery of Quarter Miler Carlos Kevin Tan
Our newest inductee to the Pinoyathletics.info hall of fame is a name shrouded in mystery.
Early Fil-Heritage sprinter Kevin Carlos Tan. Tan name was listed on the world charts as Filipino even though he never represented the Philippines or ran at the National Championships. It was noted he was, in fact, a dual citizen. According to several reports a Filipino citizen studying in the United States.
Tan was born 6 January 1938.
1956, June 2 California State Meet Results (440 Yard)
1 Jerry White Corcoran C # 46.7 440Y 1956 2 Henry Dorsey Berkeley NC 47.5 440Y 1956 3 Jack Yerman Woodland SJ 47.6 440Y 1956 4 Carlos Tan St Ignatius CC 47.8 440Y 1956 5 J.C. Phillips Bakersfield C 48.2 440Y 1956 6 Ron Rott Lodi SJ 48.2 440Y 1956
[Conning: This was the first time that the entire race was run in lanes. The race was contested around one turn.]
47.8 converts down to 47.5 (as a general rule of thumb subtract -.3 for the 440Y this was a good time considering back then he was running on cinders. No Filipino male broke this time until Isidro Del Prado in the 1980s.
Consider the fact the 1954 Asian Games were won in 48.5 1 Full second slower. He would have placed second in 1958 which was won in 47.0 by the ‘Flying Milkman’ Milka Singh of India. Back then the record was held by Pablo Somblingo in 48.5 who came second in the 1958 Asian Games.
Carlos Tan time from 1956 is the only event he seems to have appeared in he ran 47.8 seemingly out of nowhere in 1956 which was a very good performance in the 1950s. And then disappeared we have to know performances prior and after in regards to this. However, we did find a video was his 440 Yards appears so he did exist.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMLdxK1fGBI
According to the Asian Athletics Federation
According to Asian Athletics Federation Statistician Heinrich Hubbeling, after checking the older publications of 1963, 1967, and 1971 his mark is recognized by the international athletics community as an official Philippine National Record.
These books were published by the legendary and most famous athletics experts of early athletics statistics, ATFS founder LUIGI MENGONI, and his database was used later on as official NR-database by the IAAF. So it is the most reputable source.
However, he does not appear in 1988 All-Time Rankings of the late Filipino Statistician Col. Romulo Constantino.
Upon Further Research digging deep I found Tan had run 50.0 (440 yards) converts to 49.7 in 1956 to win the San Fransico AAA Final. This was achieved on 19th May 1956 a month before he ran the 47.8.
All in all Carlos K. Tan only ran two races that are on record and that’s digging deep. He then disappeared from Track and Field Results. He never represented the Philippines at an international meet.
Special Thank you to US Statistician, Tom Casacky who is the Historian/Statistician for the California State Meet.
It appears with further research Tan was a 2:00 half-miler (880 Yards) back then and more a 440/880 guy not a short sprinter 220-yard guy.