José Obial

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJosé R.•Obial
Used nameJosé•Obial
Born6 March 1914
AffiliationsUniversity of Santo Tomas, Manila (PHI)
NOC Philippines


Joe Obial took part in two swimming events at the 1936 Berlin Olympics but failed to qualify for the second round in either of them. He remained active in swimming and later became a commissioner for the Philippines Amateur Swimming Association. His daughter Imelda, “Baby”, was a member of the national swimming team as well. Obial’s grandson Joey Obial San Andres, although he also started as swimmer, took up badminton playing at World Championships, and was later elected vice president of the Philippine Badminton Association.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1936 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) PHI José Obial
100 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 4 h6 r1/3
4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men (Olympic) Philippines 4 h1 r1/2