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Tue 30 November 2021

COVID-19 hits 3rd PH para-athlete; swimmer Bejino last in 400-m. freestyle

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The coronavirus bug struck the Philippine Paralympic team anew as taekwondo jin Allain Ganapin became the third of six Filipino bets to go down with COVID-19 in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.

This was announced by Philippine Paralympic Committee president Michael Barredo Thursday.

“Allain is upset in missing this opportunity but prays that this challenge will strengthen his resolve in later competitions,” Barredo wrote in a statement.

With Ganapin’s departure, Abulfaz Abuzarli of Azerbaijan advances to the quarterfinals against Juan Garcia of Mexico.

Days before the Paralympic opening, veteran powerlifter Achelle Guion was scratched from the games due to COVID-19 infection.

A day before competing in the discus throw, blind athlete Jeanette Aceveda tested positive for the coronavirus, making her a late scratch in her track and field event.

Japan currently has one of the world’s fastest COVID-19 infection rate with a daily spike of more than 20,000 new infections a day in the last ten days of August. On September 1, Japan had 17,713 new infections.

With the departure of the three virus-stricken para-athletes, swimmer Gary Bejino and racer Jerrold Mangliwan remains to be the last Filipinos chasing a Paralympic medal.

Earlier, Bejino was dead last among 13 swimmers in the men’s 400 meter freestyle – S6.

He clocked in a paltry five minutes and 52.28 seconds.

Talisson Henrique Glock of Brazil won the gold medal with a time of four minutes and 54.42 seconds.

Bejino remains in contention in his final swim—the 100 meter backstroke—tomorrow morning while Mangliwan will race in the 100 meter wheelchair sprint – T52 later in the evening.

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