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Gawilan wins silver medal in World Para Swimming World Series

May 13, 2019 - Monday 1:05 PM by Romeo Braceros

Article Banner Image File photo shows Ernie Gawilan at the start of heat 2 of the men's 100-meter freestyle - S8 during the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on September 11, 2016. Photo by Simon Bruty for OIS/IOC/AFP

Widely popular Davaoeño para swimmer Ernie Gawilan has once again proven he is one of the best para swimmers in the world after winning a silver medal in the 2019 World Para Swimming World Series in Singapore which ended on Sunday, May 12.

Gawilan claimed second place in the finals of the 400-meter freestyle category on May 11 behind gold medal winner Uchu Tomita of Japan and ahead of bronze medal winner Andrei Granichka of Russia.

The Davaoeño, who resides in Barangay Buda in Marilog District, spearheaded the country’s campaign in the prestigious swimming meet featuring some of the world’s top para swimmers.

Gawilan was born without legs and an incomplete arm due to an attempted abortion and poor pre-natal healthcare.

The Davaoeño earned public attention last year after becoming the first Filipino to win a gold medal in the 2018 Asian Para Games at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The 27-year-old clocked in at two minutes and 52.43 seconds to race past Chen Liang-Da of Chinese Taipei and Jadhav Suyash Narayan of India who finished second and third, respectively in the men’s 200-meter individual medley SM7 event.

Chen Liang-Da recorded a time of 2:55.90 while the Indian tanker clocked in at 2:56.51

Apart from that, Gawilan also managed to capture a silver medal in the men’s 50-meter freestyle S7 event where he timed in at 31.93 seconds.

Singapore’s Wei Soong Toh went on to secure the gold in the event as Narayan earned his second bronze.

Gawilan was also invited as the guest-of-honor at this year’s Davao Regional Athletic Association’s closing ceremony at the Davao City-University of the Philippines Sports Complex in Bago Oshiro, Tugbok, Davao City.

During a short address, Gawilan encouraged the athletes to work for their goals and always give their all despite the factors fighting against their progress.