Swim­mer Gaw­ilan wins 3rd gold in Para Games

Manila Times - - Sports - JOSEF T. RAMOS

SWIM­MER Ernie Gaw­ilan won his third gold medal on top of two sil­vers on Fri­day in the 2018 Asian Para Games in Jakarta, In­done­sia.

“I was sur­prised by my per­for­mance and I want to thank my coach Ral Rosario. I was mo­ti­vated by my grand­mother and grand­fa­ther who ini­tially took care of me though they were no longer with us. I was even­tu­ally raised by nuns and it was in Sa­mal Is­land where I learned how to swim,” Gaw­ilan said.

Gaw­ilan believes that for­give­ness was also a fac­tor in his suc­cess. He was told that her mother had an at­tempted abor­tion while preg­nant with him. Both his par­ents have al­ready passed away.

“My mother died when I was five months old. I don’t want to dwell on the past. I just want to move on.

Gaw­ilan bagged his third gold af­ter rul­ing the men’s 400-me­ter freestyle S7 event in four min­utes and 51 sec­onds on Fri­day night. He also won the men’s 200-me­ter in­di­vid­ual med­ley and the 100-me­ter back­stroke ear­lier. He copped the sil­ver medal in the men’s 50-me­ter and 100-me­ter freestyle.

He has been an Asian Para Games vet­eran since the 2010 edi­tion of the meet in Guangzhou, China, where he won noth­ing. But he brought home three bronze medals from the 2014 Para Games in In­cheon, South Korea.

The Philip­pines fin­ished 11th with 10 gold, eight sil­ver and 11 bronze medals in the qua­dren­nial meet par­tic­i­pated in by 43 coun­tries.

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