Filipino Olympians: 5 facts to know about rower Cris Nievarez

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Filipino rower Cris Nievarez is set to represent the Philippines in the Tokyo Olympics. (Photo: Cris Marasigan Nievarez/Facebook)
Filipino rower Cris Nievarez is set to represent the Philippines in the Tokyo Olympics. (Photo: Cris Marasigan Nievarez/Facebook)
  • Cris Nievarez is the lone representative of the Philippine Rowing Association at the Tokyo Olympics.

Filipino rower Cris Nievarez. (Photo: Cris Marasigan Nievarez/Facebook)
Filipino rower Cris Nievarez. (Photo: Cris Marasigan Nievarez/Facebook)
  • He is the third Filipino rower to make it to the quadrennial Games, behind his coach Edgardo Maerina and Benjie Tolentino, who qualified in the Olympics back in 1988 and 2000 respectively.

Filipino rower Cris Nievarez's gold medal. (Photo: Cris Marasigan Nievarez/Facebook)
Filipino rower Cris Nievarez's gold medal. (Photo: Cris Marasigan Nievarez/Facebook)
  • In the 30th SEA Games in 2019, he struck gold in the men’s lightweight single sculls event after a time of 7min 34.27sec.

Filipino rower Cris Nievarez. (Photo: Philippine Rowing Association/Facebook)
Filipino rower Cris Nievarez. (Photo: Philippine Rowing Association/Facebook)
  • Nievarez booked his Olympic slot after placing ninth in the 2021 World Rowing Asia Oceania Continental Qualification Regatta. Only five slots were up for grabs, but the eventual fourth- to eight-placed rowers were already Tokyo-bound, and Nievarez got the final slot.

Filipino rower Cris Nievarez. (Photo: Cris Marasigan Nievarez/Facebook)
Filipino rower Cris Nievarez. (Photo: Cris Marasigan Nievarez/Facebook)
  • At the age of 21, he is among the youngest Philippine delegates who will compete in the Olympiad.

Ohmer Bautista is a sports journalist who has covered local and international sporting events in the Philippines. The views expressed are his own.

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