MEET | Pinoy Gold Medalist Jesson Ramil Cid: 27th SEA Games - Decathlon


Jesson Ramil Cid, a native of Barangay Suyo, Dingras, Ilocos Norte, was one of the country’s four rookie athletes who won a gold medal in his sports discipline in the 27th Southeast Asian (ASEAN) Games in Myanmar last December 2013.

In men’s decathlon, Cid amassed 7,038 points over the 10 events to outclass seven-man filed and win the gold.

A decathlon is composed of 10 track-and-field athletic events: 100 meter dash, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400 meter dash, 110 meter hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin, and 1,500 meter run.

He set a new record of 7,038 points in the field, breaking the previous record of 6,963 points set 12 years ago by another Filipino decathlete Fidel “Toto” Gallenero.

Cid's feat awarded him the title of “New Iron Man” by the SEA Games.

He first tried basketball when he was young.

The 21-year old decathlete was a star at the Ilocos Region Athletic Association (IRAA) meets.

Cid competed in high jump and long jump with modest success as a high school student.

He played for Far Eastern University and reigned over athletic events at the Universities Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) for five years.

During his final year, Cid won the 200 and 400 meters and men’s long jump apart from helping his team win the 4 x 100-meter relay. He was later named Most Valuable Player (MVP).

This son of a high school principal and a school staff obtained an education degree in October.

The Philippines finished its bid at 7th place out of 11 nations with 29 gold medals, 34 silver and 37 bronze medals, behind Singapore.

His brother Anthony Carlo and sister Maurin Ylla Angeli are also into sports. They got their interest in sports from their father who played football and baseball.

He plans to improve his performance in pole vault and throwing events.

Cid is setting his eyes to represent the Philippines in the Olympics.

“I am happy that I have represented Philippines during the 27th SEA Games, but I still need to work hard to join bigger competitions. I will not stop, instead I will work hard and pray, and hopefully someday, I can compete in the Olympics.”

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