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Cris Nievarez misses Tokyo Olympics medal chance

Beatrice Go

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Cris Nievarez misses Tokyo Olympics medal chance

HISTORY. Cris Nievarez is the first Filipino rower to qualify for an Olympic quarterfinal berth.

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Cris Nievarez fails to advance to the medal round of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics rowing competition

Cris Nievarez bowed out of an Olympic medal chance in the Tokyo 2020 rowing competition on Sunday, July 25, at the Sea Forest Waterway.

Nievarez clocked 7 minutes and 50.74 seconds for a fifth place finish in heat 4 of the men’s single sculls quarterfinal.

Germany’s Oliver Zeidler led the way with a time of 7:12.75, while Brazil’s Luca Verthein Ferreira (7:14.26) and Lithuania’s Mindaugas Griskonis (7:16.71) copped the last two spots for the semifinal medal rounds.

Only the top three rowers in the heat advanced to the semifinal A/B to stay in contention for a podium finish, while the bottom three are placed in the semifinal C/D for final classification.

The 21-year-old Filipino will compete in the semifinal C/D on Tuesday, July 27.

[PODCAST] Targeting Tokyo: Cris Nievarez

[PODCAST] Targeting Tokyo: Cris Nievarez

Nievarez kicked off the Philippines’ Olympic campaign last Friday, July 23, in winning fashion as he became the first Filipino rower to advance to the Olympic quarterfinal with a time of 7:22.97.

Throughout his quarterfinal performance, the 5-foot-11 Filipino rower stayed within a fifth place finish.

The native of Atimonan, Quezon was the first Filipino rower to qualify for the quadrennial meet since Benjie Tolentino in the 2000 Sydney Games. –

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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.