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Filipino wheelchair racer Jerrold Mangliwan wrapped up the Philippines’ stint in the Tokyo Paralympics with an eighth-place finish in the men’s 100m T52 finals on Friday, September 3.
The Filipino delegation concluded its campaign without a medal as Mangliwan finished last in the event with a time of 20.08, which is more than a second slower his personal best of 18.88.
USA’s Raymond Martin captured his first gold in Tokyo and seventh overall in Paralympic history after posting a time of 16.99, edging Japan’s Yuki Oya who recorded 17.18.
Martin, who is of Filipino descent, fell short of breaking his Paralympic record of 16.79 he set in the 2012 London Games.
Leonardo de Jesus Perez Juarez of Mexico clinched bronze with a personal best time of 17.44.
Mangliwan competed in the finals of the three events he participated in.
The pride of Tabuk, Kalinga initially landed at fifth place in the men’s 400m T52 finals with a personal best of 1:00.80, but officials disqualified him due to lane infringement.
Mangliwan then placed sixth in the men’s 1500m T52, where he clocked a personal best of 3:58.24.
Only Mangliwan and para swimmers Ernie Gawilan and Gary Bejino saw action out of the original six Filipinos who qualified for Tokyo.
The other three – para powerlifter Achelle Guion, para discus thrower Jeanette Aceveda, and para taekwondo jin Allain Ganapin – withdrew from their events after testing positive for the coronavirus. – Rappler.com