MULTIPLE Southeast Asian Games gold medalists Leonardo `Dodong’ Andam died the other day following a motorcycle accident in Iligan City.
He was 55.
The pool player known as `The Rattlesnake’ is best remembered as among the first to win for the country a gold medal in billiards and snooker when it became part of the SEA Games calendar of sports during the 1991 edition of the meet in Manila.
He last won gold medals in the biennial event in 2005 also in Manila when he teamed up with Ronnie Alcano in the 15-ball doubles and was part of the men’s snooker team along with Alex Pagulayan and Joven Alba.
Andam likewise suited up as part of the Philippine billiards team to the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar, although he failed to win a medal.
Yet despite his sterling achievements, he never really got to enjoy star status in the sport as he had the misfortune of playing during the era of legends Reyes and Francisco `Django’ Bustamante.
Other notable feats of Andam included winning the 2000 San Miguel Beer Match of the Masters and a runner-up finish in the 2005 Philippine International Open.