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Tokyo Paralympics: PH swimmers Bejino, Gawilan miss the cut

/ 05:26 PM August 30, 2021
Philippines' Gary Bejino during the Men's 400m Freestyle event. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ Janneth Tenorio

FILE – The Philippines’ Gary Bejino during the men’s 400m freestyle event. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Filipino bets Ernie Gawilan and Gary Bejino missed the podium in their respective Tokyo Paralympic swimming events at Tokyo Aquatic Centre on Monday.

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

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He wound up in 10th place overall in the heats, 12.48 seconds behind Argentine Pipo Carlomagno, who led the eight finalists with a personal best time 1:09.12.

Bejino also didn’t make the cut in the men’s 50-meter butterfly-S6, placing seventh in the first heat in 36.14 seconds. He was 15th overall among 16 entries, 5.13 seconds behind gold medalist Wang Jingang of China.

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While it was Gawilan’s swan song, Bejino still has two more races left in the 400-meter freestyle on Thursday and the 100-meter backstroke the next day.

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

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