Rower Cris Nievarez gets Team PH going in Tokyo Games


Posted at Jul 22 2021 09:03 PM

Rower Cris Nievarez gets Team PH going in Tokyo Games 1

Team Philippines will start its campaign in the Tokyo Olympics on Friday morning, with rower Cris Nievarez the first Filipino athlete to see action.

Nievarez will compete in Heat 5 of the preliminaries of the men's single sculls, which begins at 8:10 a.m., Philippine time.

The Olympic Games will officially open on Friday night, with judoka Kiyomi Watanabe and boxer Eumir Marcial carrying the Philippine flag during the Parade of Nations.

The 21-year-old Nievarez is in a tough heat that includes Croatia's Damir Martin, the silver medalist in the 2016 Rio Olympics. 

Also in the heat are: Benin's Privel Hinkati, Nicaragua's Felix Potoy; and Alexander Vyazovkin of the Russian Olympic Committee.

The rowing competitions take place at the Sea Forest Waterway in Tokyo, a familiar venue for Nievarez, as it is the same spot of the qualifying event where he sealed his spot in the Games.

Only the top 3 finishers in the heat will advance to the quarterfinals, while the last 2 will head to the repechage.

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