TWO-time Olympian and former Southeast Asian Games cycling gold medalist Domingo Villanueva passed away last Tuesday. He was 55.
Villanueva passed away at 2 a.m. due to heart attack in his hometown in Samar, according to his daughter, Isack.
Cycling enthusiasts remember Villanueva for serving the country internationally as a road racer then as coach.
Villanueva represented the Philippines in the 1988 Seoul and 1992 Barcelona Olympics, along with fellow two-time Olympian Norberto Oconer.
Villanueva won golds in the team trial event in the 1991 Manila SEA Games and in the individual 140km road race in the 1993 edition of the biennial Games in Singapore.
Villanueva was also a veteran of the Marlboro Tour. He later served as coach of the national road cycling team.
“I am saddened to hear about the loss of my former teammate, coach and ninong,” former national rider Wilson Blas posted on the Facebook page of the “Philippine Cycling History” group.
“He is a very strong and true cyclist who has contributed to the National Team. You will forever be missed,” he added. (NC)