March 31, 2023

Cordillera’s wheelchair racing pride Jerrold Pete Mangliwan has ended his campaign in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic sans a medal after finishing eighth place in the men’s 100-meter T52 event on Friday. 
The 100m T52 was Mangliwan’s last chance for a medal but his bid was denied by the top three finishers led by Raymond Martin of the United States. Mangliwan clocked 20.08 seconds in his last event.
Earlier, Mangliwan set a new personal record in the men’s 400m T52 when he finished sixth in the finals on Aug. 29, but not enough to win a medal for the Philippines.
He logged 3:58.24 in the men’s 400m T52 finals to break his previous personal best of 4:09.95, edging Isaiah Rigo of the United States who clocked 3:59.42, the last place in the seven-man finale.
Current world leader Sato Tomoki of Japan took home the gold medal with a new Paralympic record at 3:29.23, smashing the previous record set by Martin, who settled for silver this time. 
Martin, who is of Filipino descent, previous record was 3:40.00.
Mangliwan had a bad start in the Tokyo Paralympics when he was disqualified for lane infringement in the men’s 400m T52 on Aug. 27.
Initially, he finished fifth in the championship race after clocking at 1:00.80, but was disqualified for violating Rule 18.5a, which states that athletes or guide-runners must stay in their allocated lane from start to finish.
He failed to notice he crossed an inner lane of his rivals and this caused his disqualification.
Mangwilan, who was also the flag-bearer during the opening rites, is a two-time ASEAN Para Games gold medalist making him one of the accomplished Filipino para-athletes even when he started to wheelchair racing at age 29. – Harley F. Palangchaoa