Ernie Gawilan posted another historic victory by winning the country’s first ever medal in world level Para swimming competition.
The 28 year old Davao City native, born with no legs and incomplete arm, captured the silver medal in the World Para Swimming Series held last weekend in Singapore.
Gawilan clocked 4 minutes and 53.36 seconds in the finals,behind visually impaired UCHU TOMITA in the 400 meter Freestyle Multi-classification competition.
A Russian took the bronze while another Pinoy para swimmer Gary Bejino placed 10th.
The impressive clocking ushered Gawilan to the World Championships set in September in London.
It also surpassed the Tokyo Paralympics minimum qualifying standard of 5 mins and 8seconds, the second time for Gawilan to do so, after achieving it at the Jakarta Asian Para Games.
Coach Tony Ong related to RP2 that Gawilan needed to hurdle another extra challenge before the remarkable silver medal finish, a 12 kilometer walk from hotel to the train station then to the venue, due to his disability and his not being accustomed to using a wheel chair.
Meantime, more challenges lie ahead as Gawilan and Bejino go all out to meet the minimum Qualifying standards of two more events—the 100 meter back and the Individual medley—in the World championships to automatically secure Tokyo Paralympic slots.
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