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Powerlifting veteran Achelle Guion snags Tokyo 2020 Paralympics slot

Beatrice Go

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Powerlifting veteran Achelle Guion snags Tokyo 2020 Paralympics slot

VETERAN. Achelle Guion will compete for the Philippines in the Tokyo Paralympics at 49 years old.

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2012 London Paralympian Achele Guion secures another chance to compete in the quadrennial meet

Powerlifter Achelle Guion is set to see action in her second Paralympic Games after becoming the sixth Filipino to qualify for Tokyo 2020.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) gave Guion a bi-partite approval to allow her to compete in the women’s 41kg event of the global meet that will be staged from August 24 to September 5.

Guion’s addition to the Philippines’ Tokyo Paralympics delegation surpassed the five-athlete squad in the 2016 Rio edition.

“Definitely happy and excited with this lean delegation. Each and every para athlete committed to their best and hopefully land a medal for our country,” said Philippines’ chef de mission to the Tokyo Paralympics Francis Diaz.

Guion made her debut at the 2012 London Paralympics in the women’s 44kg event.

Even in her 40s, she copped silvers in the 2014 and 2018 Asian Para Games in the women’s 45kg event.

Guion hopes to boost the country’s Tokyo Paralympic medal chances as she joins Ernie Gawilan and Gary Bejino of para swimming, Jerold Magliwan and Janete Aceveda of para athletics, and Allain Ganapin of para taekwondo. –

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Beatrice Go

More commonly known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Philippine sports governance, national teams, football, and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.