GAWILAN SETS ASIAN PARA GAMES RECORD

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SWIMMER Ernie Gawilan more than achieved what he was aiming for at the 3rd Asian Para Games held in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Gawilan did not just give Team Philippines its first and last gold medal and another one in between in the just conclded games, the 27-year old native of Paquibato District in Davao City punctuated his exploits Friday night by establishing a new Asian Para Games swimming record in the men’s 400m freestyle finals (category S7) not just once but twice.

Gawilan, who had underdeveloped extremities resulting to lacking of both legs and left limb, first set a new record when he topped the heat with his clocking of 4 minutes and 56 seconds. He later eclipsed that mark and improving it by five seconds. The former record was 5:10.18 set by Pan Shi Yun of China in 2014.

That gold was third for Gawilan in Jakarta. He opened the country’s medal haul by topping the men’s 200-meter individual medley last Sunday. He followed that up with another gold medal performance in the men’s 100-meter backstroke.

He missed two other possible gold medals in placing second in the men’s 50-meter freestyle and men’s 100-meter freestyle.

The Philippines closed its campaign in the 45nation meet at 11th place with a total of 10 golds, 8 silvers and 11 bronzes.

Gawilan competed in the previous meet in 2014 held in Incheon, Korea but was only able to bring home three bronze medals.

Gawilan’s teammate Gary Bejino missed on the tap in the men’s 200meter individual medley (SM6) to finish his campaign with a silver and two bronzes.

The PH chess team, meanwhile, contributed five gold medals along with two silvers and six bronzes. Fide Master Sander Severino was hailed as the most bemedalled Pinoy in the games with a total of four golds. — Angelito Oredo

CONTRIBUTED PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Roa Duterte bids farewell to Indonesia Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita and Indonesian Ambassador to the Philippines Sinyo Harry Sarundajang during his departure at the Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali, Indonesia following his successful participation in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Leaders' Gathering on October 11, 2018.

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