Olympics: Cris Nievarez bows out of medal contention in rowing

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Tokyo , Japan - 23 July 2021; Cris Nievarez of Philippines during the heats of the men's single sculls event at the Sea Forest Waterway during the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)
Cris Nievarez of Philippines during the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Filipino rower Cris Nievarez held steady through the Sea Forest Waterway course on Sunday (July 25), but his performance was not enough to crack into the top three as he bowed out of medal contention in the quarterfinals of the men's singles sculls event of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. 

Nievarez finished in fifth place in his heat after clocking in at 7:50.74. He was almost 34 seconds off of third placer Mindaugas Griskonis of Lithuania (7:16.71).  

Oliver Zeidler of Germany emerged as the top finisher with a time of 7:12.75, while Luca Verthein Ferreira of Brazil wound up in second place with a time of 7.14.26.  

Only the top three rowers in each heat get to advance to the semifinal A/B medal rounds. However, Nievarez's campaign will still not end as he competes in the semifinal C/D for final classification on Tuesday (July 27).  

Despite falling short of a medal, Nievarez still etched his name in history as the first Filipino rower to ever reach the quarterfinals of the Summer Games.

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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