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    Four more athletes join Ernie Gawilan as Philippine contingent to 2016 Rio Paralympics grows

    Mar 25, 2016
    Ernie Gawilan leads a field of 5 Pinoy athletes who will compete in the Rio Paralympics, and Philspada expects the number to grow some more.

    FOUR more Filipino athletes are set to join Ernie Gawilan in the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Paralympic Games.
     
    According to Philippine Sports Association for the Differently-Abled (Philspada) president Mike Barredo, the four athletes are Josephine Medina of table tennis, sprinter Jerold Mangliwan, long jumper Andy Avellana, and powerlifter Adeline Ancheta.
     
    So far, there will be five athletes who will compete in the Paralympic Games in Rio De Janeiro from September 7-18 with Gawilan having qualified by surpassing the Paralympic standard in the 400m freestyle.
     
    Barredo hopes that more athletes will be able to make it to Rio as qualifying tournaments are still to be held within the year.
     
    “We expect more athletes from swimming and athletics to qualify,” Barredo said.
     
    The five Paralympians will see action in 5th National Para Games from March 27 to April 2 in Marikina City as they clash against current and aspiring national team members.
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    Ernie Gawilan leads a field of 5 Pinoy athletes who will compete in the Rio Paralympics, and Philspada expects the number to grow some more.
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