Anthony Villanueva | First Filipino to win an olympic silver medal

By | December 14, 2018
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Anthony Villanueva | Lahi Philippines | revolvy.com

 

Anthony Villanueva, a boxer, on October 21, 1964, won the silver medal at the Tokyo olympics featherweight division (57 kg.).

 

He was the first Filipino to win an olympic silver medal.

 

He missed the gold in this olympics after losing a controversial final gold medal match  against Stanislav Stepashkin of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR).

 

Anthony Villanueva is Acknowledged as one of the greatest Filipino athletes, he is the  son of José Villanueva, a bronze medalist in the bantamweight division (54 kilograms) of  the boxing competitions at the 1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, California, USA.

 

Likewise, the two Villanuevas hold the distinction of being the only father and son  Olympic medalists in Philippine sports history.

 

Anthony Villanueva was born on March 18, 1945 and he passed away on May 13, 2014.

 

Shortly after the Olympics he turned professional, but retired after five bouts. Besides  boxing, Villanueva worked as an actor and boxing coach in the Philippines and as a  security guard in the United States.

 

Villanueva studied at the Far Eastern University.

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