Bejino, Mangliwan ends Team PH campaign in Tokyo Paralympics without a medal

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 3) – Swimmer Gary Bejino and wheelchair racer Jerrold Mangliwan both failed to clinch a medal in their respective Tokyo Paralympics events on Friday.

Their final races closed Team Philippines' campaign in the quadrennial sporting competition without winning a single medal.

Bejino finished last among 20 swimmers in the men's 100-meter backstroke S6 preliminary heats with a time of one minute and 28.87 seconds.

The 25-year-old Bicolano swimmer previously failed to progress in the finals of the 200-meter individual medley, 50-meter butterfly, and 400-meter freestyle S6 events.

Mangliwan also settled for a last place finish among eight racers in the men's 100-meter T52 final, clocking in 20.08 seconds.

The 41-year-old wheelchair racer from Kalinga earlier missed a podium finish in the finals of the 400-meter and 1,500-meter T52 events.

Swimmer Ernie Gawilan, who became the first Filipino athlete to qualify for a Paralympic swimming final, finished sixth overall in the 400-meter freestyle S7 medal race.

Gawilan failed to advance to the finals of the 200-meter individual medley and 100-meter backstroke S7 categories.

Filipino athletes who competed in the Tokyo Paralympics were reduced to half after powerlifter Achelle Guion, discus thrower Jeanette Aceveda, and taekwondo jin Allain Ganapin withdrew after testing positive for COVID-19.

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