Jerrold Mangliwan beats Paralympic qualifying time in Nottwil meet

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 18) – Filipino para-trackster Jerrold Mangliwan boosted his chances of competing in the Tokyo Paralympics after a sterling performance at the 2021 World Para Athletics Grand Prix held at Nottwil, Switzerland over the weekend.

Mangliwan surpassed the Paralympic qualifying time in the 400-meter T52 wheelchair race after clocking 1 minute and 2.17 seconds to place second among eight runners. The Paralympic standard for the event is 1 minute and 3.27 seconds.

Despite beating the Paralympic qualifying mark, Philippine Paralympic Committee secretary-general Walter Torres said Mangliwan needs to wait the announcement of international governing body World Para Athletics to formalize his Tokyo Paralympics stint.

"It will be the World Para Athletics that will announce to the different National Paralympic Committees on June 23 who among those qualified through the High Performance Allocation will be going to the Tokyo Paralympics," Torres told CNN Philippines on Tuesday.

High Performance Allocation is a Paralympic qualification method where para-athletes need to satisfy the standards set by the World Para Athletics in any of its sanctioned tournaments between Oct. 1, 2018 and June 2021.

If selected by the World Para Athletics through the said qualification rule, Mangliwan will be participating in his second straight Paralympics. In the 2016 Rio Games, he competed in the T52 100-meter and 400-meter races.

Mangliwan said he was elated with his performance in Nottwil since his preparations were aimed for him to qualify for the 400-meter dash in the Paralympics.

"All of the training programs given to me by coach are meant for me to run better in the 400-meter event. I'm super blessed and thankful that circumstances went in my favor despite the challenges of our training," Mangliwan told CNN Philippines on Friday.

In Nottwil, Mangliwan failed to meet the Paralympic qualifying times in his two other races.

The San Jose del Monte, Bulacan native finished with a time of 18.98 seconds in the 100-meter T52 race for a seventh place finish. The Paralympic qualifying time in the event is 17.96 seconds.

Mangliwan recorded a runner-up finish in the 1,500-meter T52 race after clocking in 4 minutes and 19.47 seconds, which is short of the Paralympic qualifying standard of 3 minutes and 56.52 seconds.

Mangliwan vowed to continue training while waiting for the World Para Athletics' announcement.

"Whatever happens, I'm motivated to even strengthen myself and get conditioned despite the rumors surrounding about the future of the Paralympics," he said.

Meanwhile, 2012 London Paralympics veteran Andy Javellana failed to make a Paralympic comeback after tallying a 1.55-meter jump in the T42 high jump event. His showing was a hairline short of the 1.59-meter Paralympic qualifying mark.

The Tokyo Paralympics is slated from Aug. 24 to Sept. 5.