Filipino para swimmer Ernie Gawilan bounced back and punched his ticket to the finals of the men’s 400m freestyle S7 in the Tokyo Paralympics on Sunday, August 29.
After missing the finals bus in the men’s 200m individual medley SM7, Gawilan redeemed himself as he finished sixth overall among nine competitors in the freestyle event to qualify for the medal race.
Only the top eight advanced to the finals.
The Asian Games gold medalist clocked 4:58.58 as he landed at fourth place in Heat 2, where world record holder Mark Malyar of Israel set a new Paralympic record of 4:41.82.
Malyar eclipsed the former Paralympic mark of 4:42.81 established by Josef Craig of Great Britain in the 2012 London Games.
Italy’s Federico Bicelli wound up at second with 4:45.53 followed by Argentina’s Inaki Basiloff (4:46.17), Ukraine’s Andrii Trusov (4:57.23), and USA’s Evan Austin (4:57.35).
Singapore’s Wei Soong Toh (5:03.82) and Chinese Taipei’s Liang-da Chen (5:15.89) complete the finals cast.
Gawilan will have a few hours of rest before he sees action in the finals slated at 4 pm later in the day. – Rappler.com