Tokyo Paralympic Games: PH swimmers Bejino, Gawilan miss the cut

Tokyo Paralympic Games: PH swimmers Bejino, Gawilan miss the cut

FILE – Gary Bejino from the Philippines in the Men’s 400m Freestyle. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine bettors Ernie Gawilan and Gary Bejino missed the podium in their respective Tokyo Paralympic swimming events at Tokyo Aquatic Center on Monday.

Seemingly spent after his all-out effort from the previous day, Gawilan finished sixth and last in the second moto of the men’s 100-meter backstroke S7 race in a time of one minute 21.60 seconds, completing his campaign of three closed events.

He finished 10th overall in the heats, 12.48 seconds behind Argentina’s Pipo Carlomagno, who led the eight finalists with a personal best of 1:09.12.

Bejino also failed to make the cut in the men’s 50m butterfly S6, finishing seventh in the first heat in 36.14 seconds. He was 15th overall out of 16 entries, 5.13 seconds behind gold medalist Wang Jingang of China.

Although it was Gawilan’s swan song, Bejino has two races left in the 400m freestyle on Thursday and the 100m backstroke the following day.

“Ernie had a little hard time yesterday (Sunday) in the 400m freestyle. He was three seconds behind his personal best in the backstroke,” said swimming coach Tony Ong after the Davao City swimmer’s performance.

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