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PSA hails Queen Elma

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ATHLETICS icon Elma Muros-Posadas gets to share the limelight for the third time in Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Annual Awards Night history when she is bestowed a Lifetime Achievement Award on March 6 at the grand ballroom of the Diamond Hotel.

Named Athlete of the Year twice in 1993 and 1995, Muros-Podas fully deserves the Lifetime Achievement Award from the country’s oldest media organization—a look at her Wikipedia page indicates dozens upon dozens of her achievements in track and field even long after she retired on a rainy night in Kuala Lumpur when she won the heptathlon gold medal in the 2001 Southeast Asian Games.

Muros-Posadas is one of several awardees led by Athlete of the Year in the Awards Night presented by San Miguel Corp.

The 56-year-old Muros-Posadas is the legendary “Long Jump and Hurdles Queen” of the SEA Games, having won 15 gold medals on the track and on the field, a SEA Games athletics record she shares with Myanmar’s Jennifer Tin Lay.

She joins an elite list of Lifetime Achievement Awardees among them Efren “Bata” Reyes, Carlos “Caloy” Loyzaga, Filomeno “Boy” Codinera, Virgilio “Baby” Dalupan, Ramon Fernandez and Robert Jaworski.

Presented by the Philippine Sports Commission and Cignal TV, the gala night is also backed by the Philippine Olympic Committee, Tagaytay City Mayor Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino, Milo, Smart, MVP Sports Foundation, Rain or Shine, 1Pacman Rep. Mikee Romero, Philippine Basketball Association, OKBet and the International Container Terminal Services Inc.

Married to national coach George “Jojo” Posadas and mother to Klarrizze and George Michael Jr., Muros-Posadas was a product of the Project: Gintong Alay and made an indelible mark for having reigned supreme in long jump in seven SEA Games editions.

The pride of Magdiwang in Romblon also won medals in the Asian Games and the Asian championships highlighted by her long jump bronze medal at the 1994 Hiroshima Asiad.

She’s also a two-time Olympian—1984 Los Angeles and 1996 Atlanta—and competed at the world championships four times and world indoor championships five times.

Muros-Posadas’ life story was the inspiration behind the 2011 award-winning movie “Thelma” starred by Maja Salvador where the athletics great portrayed the role of an athletics coach.

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