Gawilan clocked four minutes and 58.58 seconds in taking fourth place in the second heat led by Israel’s Mark Malyar, a winner in the 200-meter individual medley earlier, who paced all eight finalists in clocking 4:41.81.
A triple gold medalist in the 2018 Asian Para Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, the Pinoy swimmer will be in lane No. 7 in the finals set at 5 p.m. (4 p.m. in Manila) in the afternoon.
There are two PH Paralympians vying for medals today, with wheelchair racer Jerrold Mangliwan competing in the finals of the men’s 1,500-meter-T52 race at 8:42 p.m. (7:42 p.m.) over at the Japan National Stadium.
Both Gawilan and Mangliwan are 2016 Rio Paralympic veterans and spearhead the five-man national team whose participation here is fully supported by the Philippine Sports Commission.
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