Gary Bejino finished last in the men's 200-meters individual medley (SM6) of the 2020 Paralympic Games at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre on Thursday (August 26).
Serving as the curtain-raiser for Team Philippines' Paralympic campaign, Bejino had a strong start but could not avert losing steam to wind up sixth and last in Heat 2 with a time of 3min 17.19sec, almost 10 seconds slower than his entry time of 3:08.64.
As the dust of the preliminaries settled, the 25-year-old swimmer from Albay finished at the bottom of a 17-competitor field where Nelso Crispin Corzo of Colombia spearheaded the eight-man pack which qualified for the final with a time of 2:43.07.
Bejino, a two-time ASEAN Para Games gold medalist, will plunge back into action on Monday for the men's 50m butterfly (S6) heats.
Ohmer Bautista is a sports journalist who has covered local and international sporting events in the Philippines. The views expressed are his own.