Ernie Gawilan finishes sixth in 400m freestyle in Tokyo Paralympics

Published August 29, 2021, 4:43 PM

by Kristel Satumbaga-Villar

Ernie Gawilan failed to land at the medal podium of the men’s 400-meter freestyle S7 after finishing sixth in the Tokyo Paralympics Sunday, Aug. 29 at the Tokyo Aquatics Center.

Ernie Gawilan (Photo from Ernie Gawilan’s Facebook account)

The 2018 Asian Para Games gold medalist timed 4 minutes and 56.24 seconds behind Israel’s Mark Malyar, who bagged the gold medal with a new world record of 4:31.06.

Ukraine’s Andrii Trusov went home with the silver with 4:35.56, while United States’ Evan Austrin pocketed the bronze with 4:38.95.

Finishing fourth and fifth were Argentina’s Inaki Basiloff (4:38.99) and Italy’s Federico Bicelli (4:43.67).

Gawilan booked a spot in the finals after also finishing sixth in the combined two-heat group in the morning with a time of 4:58.58.

Though he clocked faster in the finals, it was still not enough to land a medal.

He still has another shot at the medal when he competes in the men’s 100m backstroke S7 on Monday, Aug. 30.