Gary Bejino misses Paralympic finals bus anew

A coveted finals berth in the Tokyo Paralympics remained elusive for Filipino para swimmer Gary Bejino as he failed to advance in the men's 50m butterfly S6 on Monday, August 30.

Bejino, who also missed the finals of the men's 200m individual medley SM6, finished 14th overall out of 16 swimmers in the heats with a time of 36.14, more than three seconds behind the last qualifier.

Only the top eight punched their tickets to the finals.

China ruled the heats as Wang Jingang (30.81) and Jia Hongguang (32.16) wound up at first and third places, respectively, while Colombia's Nelson Crispin Corzo (31.66) placed second.

Other finalists included Spain's David Sanchez Sierra (32.45), France's Laurent Chardard (32.76), Brazil's Gabriel Melone de Oliveira (32.93), Kazakhstan's Yerzhan Salimgereyev (33.14), and Spain's Alejandro Rojas Cabrera (33.87).

Bejino still has two more chances to reach the finals as he competes in the men's 400m freestyle S6 and 100m backstroke S6. –

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.