Andres Franco (high jumper)
|Birth name||Andrés Tan Franco|
|Born||30 November 1925|
Tondo, Manila, Philippine Islands
|Died||9 February 2008 82)(aged|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Sport||Track and field|
|Updated on 21 February 2016.|
Franco was born in 30 November 1925 in Tondo, Manila to Sabina Tan and Agaton Franco. He is the youngest among 6 siblings. He had four sisters and one older brother. Franco is of Spanish and Chinese descent.
The highlight of Franco's career was his participation at the 1951 Asian Games in the high jump event finishing 1.93m. He won a bronze in the next edition in 1954. He participated at the 1952 Summer Olympics in the high jump event finishing 31st. Franco stood six foot tall.
The former high jumper then started his career as a police officer. He became a technical official in track and field.
During the early years of the Philippine Amateur Basketball League approached one sports writer at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum complaining that the PABL officials at the gate of the sports venue won't let him watch the then ongoing game where his son Aris is playing. The journalist approached PABL chairman, Oscar Villadolid who recognized Franco. Villadolid introduced Franco to the stuff then dictates from then on he is to be allowed to watch any game he pleases and a seat at the presidential box is to be reserved for him. Franco then watched numerous games at the Coliseum.
Athlete of the Decade (1945-1954) by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.