Three-time Olympic swimmer Amman Jalmaani passed away yesterday morning. It was relayed to us by his friend and swimming coach Raden Bangahan on his Facebook page.
He was born on December 15, 1948, in Jolo Sulu. Jalmaani competed in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, 1968 Mexico Olympics, and 1972 Munich Olympics.
He participated in his first Olympics games in Tokyo where he swam in the 200-meter breaststroke (2:44.70) together with Rolando Landrito and came in at 24th place.
He qualified again in the 1968 Summer Olympics where he competed in four events, 100 and 200 breaststroke, 4×100 meter freestyle relay, and the 4x100m medley relay. The Philippine team placed 14th in the men’s 4 × 100 m Freestyle Relay event and 16th in the 4 × 100 m Medley Relay.
He represented the country in the Olympic Games for the third time in 1972 and competed in three events. He placed 21st in the men’s 100 m Breaststroke and 28th in the 200 m Breaststroke. The Philippines placed 16th in the men’s 4 × 100 m Medley Relay.
Jalmaani brought honors to the Philippines during the 1966 Asian Games where he won two bronze medals and in the 1970 Asian Games, where he won two silver medals.
On September 16, 2016, he was awarded a Plaque of Recognition by the Mindanao Peace Games committee for his participation in three Olympic Games and for recognizing his knowledge and skills that significantly contributed to the continuous development of the Philippine Sports and the Filipino Athlete.
At present, Amman is the head coach of Amman Jalmaani Swiming Club in Zamboanga, City.
Olympian Association of the Philippines
Amman Jalmaani Fb page
Raden Bangahan Fb page