Filipino Olympian boxer dies in motorcycle accident

Delfin Dioquino
Leopoldo Cantancio was a two-time Olympian and took home medals in the 1986 and 1990 Asian Games as a lightweight boxer

COUNTRY'S PRIDE. Leopoldo Cantancio saw action in the 1984 and 1988 Summer Olympics as a lightweight boxer. Photo from Cantancio's Facebook account

MANILA, Philippines – Two-time Olympian Leopoldo Cantancio died on Friday night, April 20, following a motorcycle accident. He was 54 years old. 

Cantancio, also a former coach of the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines, was driving home from Bacolod to Bago City when the mishap happened. 

He was in Bacolod to coach a team in the Panaad Boxing Tournament. 

The former lightweight boxer saw action in the 1984 and 1988 Olympiads. He had his best finish at 5th place in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. 

He took home silver and bronze in the 1986 and 1990 Asian Games, respectively. –

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.