Gawilan scores 2nd swim gold
IT does not matter who touched the finish plate first as long as Ernie Gawilan of the Philippines and Daisuke Ejima of Japan share gold medal honors in the men’s 100m backstroke (S7 category) in the 18th Asian Para Games swimming event Wednesday night at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia.
In a rare dead heat witnessed by a sizeable cheering and shouting crowd, Ejima in Lane 3 and Gawilan in Lane 5 stride stroke by stroke and reached the touch panel at the same time to post an identical clocking of one minute and 19.90 seconds.
The crowd praised and cheered Gawilan and Ejima as the two waited for other competitors to reach the pad.
Gawilan and Ejima, thus, shared the gold while the bronze medal went to Wei Soong Toh of Singapre with a clocking of 01:20.21.
It was the second gold medal for Gawilan and the sixth for Team Philippines.
Gawilan also has two silver medals, surpassing his three bronze medal haul four years ago at the Incheon Asian Para Games.
As of yesterday, the Philippines also has six silvers and six bronzes for its most productive campaign in the games.
Kim Ian Chi, who already won an individual gold in tenpin bowling, added a silver late Wednesday as he teamed up with Samuel Matias in the TB doubles.
The three other gold medals were captured by the Philippine chess team in the standard event. The team is aiming for more medals in the rapid and blitz events.
Adeline Dumapong, meanwhile, settled for the bronze in women’s powerlifting over 86-kg category. — Angelito Oredo