I'm not one who usually has her photo taken with the stars and celebrities but I couldn't resist having one taken with this star. It was truly nice meeting Elma Muros-Posadas, the SEA Games Heptathlon Queen, the "Iron Woman" of Philippine Sports and a two-time "PSA Sportsman of the Year." She has brought so much fame to the country by winning so many awards in athletics here and abroad. Despite her fame, she has remained humble.
I was able to talk to her for a while when she dropped by the office of the DavNor Provincial Information Office where I was waiting for someone. She was fun to talk to as she gushed like a kid at the beauty of the shots taken for the promotional ad for the upcoming Palarong Pambansa 2015. She was able to go to Talaingod and to New Corella for the shoot. Talaingod is home of the DavNor Ata-Manobo runners. She was able to meet some of the runner-scholars and even mentioned she wanted to send one to school.
I went to the hotel where she and her husband were billeted over the weekend to give them some documents. When I asked the young men at the front desk if they know who she is, they sheepishly told me they don't. It seems like the only sportsman they know is Manny Pacquiao. I told them Elma is a Pinoy sports legend and a national treasure, too. Her outstanding skills in long jump and the heptathlon have brought honor and glory to our country.
I hope to talk to her again when she comes back. I hope it is soon.
Here are her achievements and best times.
- 15 SEA Games Gold Medals
- 8 SEA Games Titles in the Long Jump
- Youngest ever Track and Field entry in the SEA Games at 14 years of age.
- 100m – 11.67et +1.3 (Silver SEA Games) Manila 1991.
- 11.60et +2.4 National Open Lingayen 1997
- 200m 24.00et 0.6 (Gold SEA Games) Chiangmai 1995
- 400m 56.0(ht) Baguio City 1989
- 100mH 13.66et +1.3 (Gold) Manila 1991 (this mark was the Filipino Record for 16 years until it was broken by Sheena Atilano in 2007).
- 13.50et +3.6 (Gold Arafura Games) Australia 1991 (this is the fastest ever windaided performance by a Filipina or FilHeritage athlete)
- Long Jump 6.56m National Open 1997 (this record was tied in 2004 by Lerma Buluitan-Gabito and after that broken by Marestella Torres)
- 400mH – 57.57et (Gold) Singapore 1991 (Still the Philippine Record for 21 years)
- Elma Muros 5346 Heptathlon 1998 Asian Games Bangkok (this record is still the national record)
- National Junior Record Women's Long Jump
- National Junior Record 4×400
Watch for the promotional ad to be shown soon!