Asian games medalist, nat'l coach Pedro Subido dies
MANILA, Philippines – Pedro Subido, an Asian Games gold medalist who became a top national coach, died at the age of 83 in Anaheim, California on Wednesday, December 4, his son told Rappler in a phone interview.
News of Subido's death filtered through the Universities Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) track meet at La Salle Dasmariñas Saturday morning, December 7.
Henry Subido, PE director of Lourdes Mandaluyong, said in a text message, his father had emphysema and prostrate cancer.
Subido died on his birthday and close to the 40th anniversary of the first Asian track and field championships at the Rodriguez Sports Stadium in Marikina where he was national coach.
His remains will be cremated on December 13 at Glendale Forest Lawn, his granddaughter Kimmy Armas posted on her Facebook page.
The Philippines won 4 gold medals in Marikina through Amelita Alanes Saberon in the 100, the late Abdulkadir Guiapar in the 400m hurdles, Josephine de la Vina in the discus and the women’s 4x400 meter relay.
Subido’s coolness in passing the baton to anchor Enrique Bautista kept the Philippine chances alive in the 4x100-meter relay team in the 1958 Asian Games. As the Japanese anchor grabbed the lead, Subido slowed down before passing the baton to Bautista. Bautista ran like a tiger chasing his prey to nose out the Japanese sprinter at the finish.
But as a coach, Subido was tough. He would utter his trademark grunt when he wanted things done and his practice sessions were severe. Some star athletes did not survive his system which included weight training sessions. He would say the ones who lasted through his sessions and won medals abroad were the real stars.
"He was a good friend and teammate but really strict with his teammates, which to me, was okay," said Claro Pellosis, chief referee of the UAAP track meet, and a former national teammate.
Pellosis and Asian Games 100m bronze medalist Roger Onofre are the only remaining members of that relay squad which won again in the 1962 Asian Games without Bautista and Subido. – Rappler.com