Finals prove elusive as Gary Bejino wraps up Paralympics campaign

Delfin Dioquino

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Finals prove elusive as Gary Bejino wraps up Paralympics campaign

HARD LUCK. Gary Bejino misses the finals in all four events he participated in.

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Filipino para swimmer Gary Bejino ends his Tokyo Paralympics stint with a 20th-place finish in the men's 100m backstroke S6 event

A finals berth eluded Filipino para swimmer Gary Bejino until the very end as he concluded his Tokyo Paralympics campaign at 20th place in the men’s 100m backstroke S6 on Friday, September 3.

Bejino clocked 1:28.87 to finish last in the event where only the top eight swimmers advanced to the medal round.

The 25-year-old recorded the third-fastest reaction time in his heat but he fell behind early and failed to recover.

China’s Jia Hongguang topped the heats with a time of 1:14.15, while Argentina’s Matias de Andrade (1:14.38) and Croatia’s Dino Sinovcic (1:16.74) wound up at second and third places, respectively.

A first time Paralympian, Bejino qualified for the most number of events – four – among the three Filipino para athletes who saw action in Tokyo.

However, the Albay native missed the finals in all events.

Bejino finished 17th in the men’s 200m individual medley SM6, 14th in the men’s 50m butterfly S6, and 13th in the men’s 400m freestyle S6. –

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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.