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‘Asia’s Swim Queen’ Haydee Coloso-Espino passes away

By: - Reporter / @MarkGiongcoINQ
/ 07:00 PM August 14, 2021

Filipino swimming great Haydee Coloso-Espino. PHOTO FROM PH SWIMMING

MANILA, Philippines — Haydee Coloso-Espino, one of the greatest Filipino swimmers ever, died on Thursday. She was 83.

Coloso-Espino left a lasting legacy as “Asia’s Swim Queen” with a total of 10 medals won in the Asian Games.

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At just 16 years old, Coloso-Espino made her Asiad debut in 1954 in Manila where she claimed two gold medals and a silver.

She added a gold and three more silvers in the 1958 Asian Games in Tokyo before capping off her international career with a silver and a couple more bronzes in 1962 in Jakarta.

Coloso-Espino was also a one-time Olympian, making her lone appearance in the Summer Games in Rome 1960.

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