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Miguel Molina (swimmer)

This article is about the Filipino swimmer. For the Spanish racing driver, see Miguel Molina.

Miguel Molina (born July 22, 1984 in Quezon City, National Capital Region) is a swimmer from the Philippines. He is a national record-holder in the 200- and 400-meter individual medley. He is a much-bemedalled swimmer in SEAG competitions, having won 11 golds in all.[1]

He twice competed in the Asian Games – in Doha in 2006 and Guangzhou in 2010 – but had to settle for fourth in Doha and fifth in Guangzhou in his favorite 400m IM.

He also competed in two Olympics, 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing, but could not advance past the qualifying races.

Personal life

Miguel moved to Tokyo, Japan when he was 3 and attended St. Mary's International School. It was there in first grade that he first picked up swimming. His parents, Tomas and Mitos Molina, were both runners and basketball players.[2] At St. Mary's, Molina swam for all 12 years under Coach Dave Moodie.

Moodie later recommended that Molina swam under Nort Thornton at UC Berkeley. From 2002-2005, he posted a top-six time in six events for Cal.[3]

Molina retired from swimming in 2011, at the age of 26.[4] He was considering transitioning to triathlon in an interview in 2012.[5] He currently resides in Tokyo with his girlfriend of four years.


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