Gawilan, Bejino fail to book spots in Tokyo Paralympics medal races

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 30) – Swimmers Ernie Gawilan and Gary Bejino failed to qualify for the finals of their respective Tokyo Paralympics events on Monday.

Gawilan ended his campaign with a 10th place finish in the men's 100-meter backstroke S7 event preliminary heats, where only the top eight swimmers will progress to the medal race.

The 30-year-old Filipino swimming bet clocked in one minute and 21.60 seconds in the preliminaries.

Gawilan will leave Tokyo with a memorable stint after becoming the first Filipino swimmer to compete in a Paralympic swimming final on Sunday, placing sixth in his favorite men's 400-meter freestyle S7 event. 

The Davao-born Gawilan also competed in the 200-meter individual medley S7 event, where he missed a spot in the finals.

Meanwhile, Bejino placed 14th out of 16 swimmers in the men's 50-meter butterfly S6 event preliminary heats with a time of 36.14 seconds.

It is the second straight event where the 25-year-old swimmer failed to clinch a finals slot after his Paralympic debut in the 200-meter individual medley S6 preliminaries on Aug. 26.

The Bicolano tanker will still compete in the 400-meter freestyle S6 event on Sept. 2 and 100-meter backstroke S6 event on Sept. 3.

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