Mangliwan to focus on honing endurance after Tokyo Paralympics stint

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 7) – Filipino wheelchair racer Jerrold Mangliwan emphasized that he needs to work more on improving his endurance, learning from his Tokyo Paralympics experience.

The 41-year-old Mangliwan shared during the virtual Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum on Tuesday that in his 1,500-meter T52 race, he faltered towards the last lap for a sixth place finish.

"Mga 1,000 to 1,100 meters, kaya pa. Pagdating ng huling lap, bumaba yung endurance ko. Pinlit ko na lang tinapos," Mangliwan recalled.

[Translation: Around 1,000 to 1,100 meters, I can still keep up with my opponents. But going into the last lap, my endurance weakened. I just forced myself to finish the race.]

Despite missing a podium finish in the 1,500-meter T52 race, Mangliwan clocked in three minutes and 58.24 seconds - his new personal best. He surpassed his old record by about 11 seconds. 

"Nahahabol na ako nung pang-huli yung taga US. Sabi ko, hindi ako magpapahuli kasi ayoko magpahuli. Pinilit ko talaga, tulak lang ng tulak hanggang sa ma-reach ko yung finish line," he said.

[Translation: The racer from the US was already catching up on me. I said to myself, I wont give up because I don't want to finish last. I forced myself to keep pushing until I reach the finish line.]

Mangliwan also rued the missed opportunity in his favorite 400-meter T52 race, where he was disqualified for a lane violation. He could have finished with a new personal best time in the event. 

The Kalinga-born athletics bet revealed that in the race's final 10 meters, the left wheel of his wheelchair went inside the his opponent's lane.

"Konting-konti na lang, hindi ko namalayan kasi kakahabol ko doon sa pang-apat. Gusto ko mag-apat sana," Mangliwan said.

[Translation: I was just a few meters away from finishing the race. I did not notice the lane violation because I really want to pass the fourth placer. I wanted to finish fourth in that race.]

Mangliwan also competed in the 100-meter T52 event, where he finished last out of eight racers in the finals. 

The Filipino wheelchair racer hopes to bounce back in future competitions by working on both his endurance and "explosive" start.

"Tulak lang, tulak lang hanggang matapos," Mangliwan said.

[Translation: Just keep pushing until you finish the race.]