October 22, 2021

Gary Bejino finishes last in swimming heats of Tokyo Paralympics – Manila Bulletin


Gary Bejino finishes last in swimming heats of Tokyo Paralympics

Screen grab from Paralympic Games YouTube Channel

Gary Bejino failed to advance to the next round of the swimming competition Thursday after finishing last in his event in the Tokyo Paralympics at the Tokyo Aquatics Center.

Bejino, a two-time Southeast Asian Para Games gold medalist, clocked 3 minutes and 17.19 seconds in the men’s 200-meter individual medley SM6 to finish 17th and last overall in the morning heats.

Colombia’s Nelson Crispin Corzo topped the qualifiers with 2:43.07 followed by Russian Paralympic Committee’s Andrei Granichka (2:45.95) and China’s Jia Hongguang (2:48.28)

Only the Top 8 para swimmers in the combined three heats will advance to the finals set Thursday afternoon.

Bejino still has three events left: the men’s 50m butterfly S6 and the men’s 400m freestyle S6 scheduled Sept. 2 and the men’s 100m backstroke S6 on Sept. 3.

Meanwhile, Ernie Gawilan opens his campaign in the men’s 200m IM SM& on Friday, Aug. 27 while wheelchair racer Jerrold Mangliwan competes in the men’s 400m T52 in athletics at the Olympic Track Stadium.

Mangliwan returns on Saturday, Aug. 28, for the men’s 1500m T52.





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