Swimmer produces PH's first gold in Asian Para Games


Posted at Oct 08 2018 06:23 PM | Updated as of Oct 08 2018 08:51 PM

Philippines' Ernie Gawilan (R) during the Paralympic Games, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2016. Simon Bruty for OIS/IOC via AFP.

(UPDATED) Para swimmer Ernie Gawilan made history for the Philippines on Sunday night in Jakarta, as he delivered the country's first ever gold medal in the Asian Para Games.

Gawilan ruled the men's 200-meter individual medley SM7, finishing with a time of 2:52.43.

He finished way ahead of Chinese-Taipei's Chen Liang-da (2:55.9) and India's Jadhav Suyash Narayan (2:56.51) in the event held at the Gelora Bung Karno Aquatic Stadium. 

On Monday afternoon, Kim Ian Chi made it two golds for the Philippines by ruling the mixed singles TPB10 event in ten-pin bowling.

Chi averaged 231.30, ahead of Korea's Hong Wonju (229.80) and Thailand's Raiwin Phissitthanakul (221.70) and Singapore's Tan Swang Hee (221.70).

The efforts of Gawilan and Chi ensured that it will be mission accomplished for the Philippine contingent in the Para Games, as they headed to Jakarta hoping to improve on their five-silver, five-bronze output from Incheon, South Korea in 2014.

Gawilan also added a silver medal to the Philippines' tally, as he finished second to Singapore's Toh Wei Soong in the men's 50-meter freestyle SM7 with a time of 31.93 seconds. The Singaporean topped the podium with a time of 29.01 seconds.

Narayan also earned bronze in the event (32.16 seconds).

Meanwhile, Achelle Guion also produced a silver for the Philippines in the women's 45-kg powerlifting. She lifted 67-kg, holding off Kazakhstan's Soludkhina Alina (66-kg) for second place.

China's Guo Lingling lifted 115-kg to set the world record.

The Philippines also grabbed a bronze in the men's 100-meter backstroke courtesy of Gary Bejino, and another bronze in the men's time trial of para cycling through Arthus Bucay.

As of 7 p.m., the Philippines is currently 9th in the medal table. 

China tops the list, having already collected 22 golds, 8 silvers, and 14 bronzes through the first two days of competition.

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