Gary Bejino ‘more relaxed’ for penultimate Paralympics event

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Gary Bejino ‘more relaxed’ for penultimate Paralympics event

MOST EVENTS. Gary Bejino competes in the most number of events in the country's Tokyo Paralympics delegation.

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Para swimmer Gary Bejino hopes to surpass his personal best in the 400m freestyle

Para swimmer Gary Bejino will be the lone Filipino competing on Thursday, September 2, but he’s hoping to have already adjusted to competing at the highest level of sports. 

Bejino, a first-time qualifier in the Paralympic Games, will see action in his second to the last event, the men’s 400m freestyle S6, at the Tokyo Aquatics Center at 8 am, Philippine time.

“I think Gary is more relaxed now after getting his personal best time in the 50m butterfly event last Monday. Hopefully, he will also make a good time in the 400m freestyle tomorrow,” said para swimming coach Tony Ong.

Bejino needs to crash into the top eight of the heats to advance to the medal round at 4 pm. 

On the other hand, wheelchair racer Jerrold Mangliwan has been fine-tuning his starting technique in preparation for the men’s 100m T52 race, his final event, according to para athletic coach Joel Deriada.

“Jerrold’s training the last two days has been focused on his starts. That is his weakness. The start is important in the sprint event. His one-hour training has been devoted mostly to this,” Deriada said.

Since only nine athletes were entered, Mangliwan gained an outright berth in the final on Friday, September 3.

“There are nine lanes so if only nine athletes entered, Jerrold goes straight to the finals on Friday,” he said.

Deriada was also pleased with Mangliwan’s sixth-place finish in the men’s 1,500m finals last Sunday.

“His (Mangliwan’s) time of 3:58.24 is 11 seconds better than his previous personal best of 4:09.95 so that is a remarkable improvement by any standard,” said Deriada –

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