Veteran Paralympian Jerrold Mangliwan has entered the final of the men’s 400 meter wheelchair race – T52 for the second straight edition but bad luck struck as he was disqualified due to lane infringement.
The 41-year-old Rio veteran entered the Paralympic finals for a second straight time as the polio-stricken athlete placed seventh overall in the 400 meter wheelchair race – T52 heats Friday at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium.
He earlier clocked a time of one minute and 3.41 seconds.
Mangliwan, the bronze medalist in the 800 meter race in the 2018 Asian Para Games, had a near medal win in the final race as he clocked in a supposed personal best of one minute and 0.80 seconds.
The mark was just less than a second from a bronze medal finish, with Japan’s Hirokazu Ueyonabaru placing third with 59.95 seconds.
However, the umpires found Mangliwan guilty of violation of Rule 18.5a of the World Para-Athletics Rules and Regulations.
The rule states: “In all races run in lanes, each athlete or the athlete’s guide-runner shall keep within his allocated lane from start to finish. This shall also apply to any portion of a race where there is a requirement to run in lanes.”
Reigning silver medalist Tomoki Sato of Japan won the gold medal with a Paralympic record of 55.39 seconds.
Reigning gold medalist Raymond Martin of the United States settled for silver this time with a time of 55.59 seconds.
Aside from Mangliwan, Isaiah Rigo of the United States was likewise disqualified for lane infringement.
With his feat, Mangliwan repeats a finals appearance he achieved in the 2016 Rio Olympics in the same race.
He clocked a time of one minute and 4.93 seconds that year for seventh place.
T52 athletes are wheelchair-bound and are disabled from hip down.
Minutes earlier top Filipino para-swimmer Ernie Gawilan was eight seconds shy of a finals berth in his opening race, the 200 meter individual medley-SM7 held Friday at the Tokyo Aquatics Center.
Starting in Heat 1, Gawilan clocked in two minutes and 50.49 seconds, good for fifth place in his heat and ninth place overall.
He was 8.06 seconds shy of the qualifying mark of Argentine Pipo Carlomagno, the last man to qualify for the final race later today.
Mark Malyar was the top swimmer with a time of two minutes and 32.86 seconds.
Gawilan is Asia’s top S7 swimmer as he won three gold and two silver medals in the 2018 Asian Para Games, including the gold in the 200 meter individual medley.
He is the top Asian finisher in today’s Paralympic race, besting 11th place Chen Liang-Da of Taiwan.
S7 para-athletes are those who have amputated or paralyzed legs.
Gawilan has both legs and his left hand amputated.