Filipino wheelchair racer Jerrold Mangliwan reset his personal best in the men’s 1500m T52 event and finished sixth in the finals at the Tokyo Paralympics on Sunday, August 29.
Shrugging off his disqualification in the men’s 400m T52 finals, the pride of Tabuk, Kalinga notched a new personal record of 3:58.24 to break his previous mark of 4:09.95.
Mangliwan edged USA’s Isaiah Rigo, who clocked 3:59.42, to avoid a last-place finish in the seven-man finale.
Japan’s Tomoki Sato, meanwhile, bagged his second gold medal in Tokyo with a new Paralympic record of 3:29.13, more than 11 seconds faster than the previous mark.
Sato bested USA’s Raymond Martin, who incidentally held the former Paralympic record of 3:40.63 set in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.
Although Martin – who is of Filipino descent – broke his own Paralympic record by a mile with a time of 3:29.72, Sato just proved a different beast as he led from start to finish.
Japan occupied two of the three podium spots, with 50-year-old Hirokazu Ueyonabaru defying his age with a personal best of 3:44.17 for the bronze.
Mangliwan will get one final crack at a potential medal in Tokyo as he competes in the men’s 100m T52 event. – Rappler.com