Ernie Gawilan settles for 6th place in Tokyo Paralympics 400m freestyle S7 final

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 29) – Ernie Gawilan displayed a gallant stand in the pool despite missing a medal finish in the Tokyo Paralympics men's 400-meter freestyle S7 final Sunday afternoon at the Tokyo Aquatics Center.

The 30-year-old Filipino swimmer settled for a sixth place finish, but still came up with a new season best time of four minutes and 56.24 seconds.

Gawilan's season best time in the finals eclipsed his four minutes and 58.58 seconds time during the preliminary heats on Sunday morning, where he also placed sixth overall.

The para-swimming bet from Davao still made history as the first Filipino swimmer to reach a Paralympic final.

Gawilan also emerged as the best Asian swimmer in the finals, ahead of seventh placer Toh Wei Soong of Singapore and eighth placer Chen Liang-da of Chinese Taipei.

Israel's Mark Malyar won the gold medal with a new world record of four minutes and 31.06 seconds. Ukraine's Andrii Trusov and United States' Evan Austin secured the silver and bronze medal, respectively.

Gawilan will wrap up his Tokyo Paralympics campaign on Monday in the 100-meter backstroke S7 event.

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