Wheelchair racer Jerrold Mangliwan could not get it going and finished eighth in the final of the men’s 100 meters in the 2020 Summer Paralympic Games at the Tokyo National Stadium, Friday.
The 41-year-old crossed the finish line with 20.08 seconds, way behind his season’s best of 18.98. This ended the veteran para-athlete’s campaign in this edition of the Games, as well as that of all the Filipino Paralympians.
Mangliwan had an errant start as he could not get his hands to turn on the wheels of his equipment, forcing him to start late and lag from the beginning.
Raymond Martin of the USA pulled away at the first 20 meters and had to fend off hometown bet’s Oya Yuki to capture his third straight Paralympic medal in the event and his second title in three editions after his win in London.
The American champion stopped the clock at 16.99 seconds, while the reigning world titleholder finished with 17.18.
The result closed a medal-less stint for Team Pilipinas in this edition after a bronze medal from five years ago in Rio de Janeiro, courtesy of the late Josephine Medina in table tennis.