Gary Bejino falls short of Paralympics finals in penultimate swim

Gary Bejino failed to advance to the final of the Tokyo Paralympics swimming competition yet again on Thursday, September 2, at the Tokyo Aquatics Center.

Bejino clocked 5:52.28 in the men's 400m freestyle S6, where he finished sixth and last in heat 1 of the event.

The Albay native failed to make the top eight cut that will qualify for the finals at 4 pm on the same day, as he finished 13th and last overall.

Bejino will be competing in his fourth and last event, the men's 100m backstroke S6, on Friday, September 3, at 8:19 am, Philippine time.

A first time qualifier in the Paralympics, the 25-year-old swimmer is seeing action in the the most number of events among the country’s Tokyo Paralympics team members.

When he was seven years old, Bejino had his arm and leg amputated after getting burned from an electric shock. –

Beatrice Go

More commonly known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Philippine sports governance, national teams, football, and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.