Original Asian sprint queen Sulaiman passes away
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 22, 2017 12:44 PM
Original Asian sprint queen Mona Sulaiman died of complications from diabetes Thursday. She was 75. (Photo courtesy of www.psc.gov.ph)
The Philippines lost a sports gem after two-time Olympian Mona Sulaiman passed away Thursday.
The first Asian sprint queen and three-time Asian Games gold medalist died of complications from diabetes. She was 75.
Long before Asian marveled on Lydia de Vega’s feat on the tracks, Sulaiman was the talk of the town, winning three medals in the 1962 Asian Games in the 100m. and 200m. sprints and in the relay. She also bagged a bronze medal in shotput in the said meet.
A barefoot wonder from Cotabato, the multiple national record-holder represented the country in the 1960 Rome and 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
Her career, which included stints in pentathlon and discus throw, was also shrouded with controversy with people questioning her gender. Sulaiman qualified in the 1966 Asian Games but decided to quit the national team to avoid the insults and humiliation of undergoing gender tests.
She was inducted into the Philippine Sports Hall of Fame January last year.