Rio-bound swimmer Ernie Gawilan wins second gold medal in Asean Para Games
Ernie Gawilan, born with underdeveloped extremities and orphaned at an early age, has now won two gold and one silver medal from the Asean Para Games in Singapore.

THERE is no stopping Ernie Gawilan, the first Pinoy para swimmer to qualify for the 2016 Paralympics.

On Tuesday night, the 23-year old Dabawenyo born with underdeveloped extremities and orphaned at an early age, won the gold medal in the men’s 200-meter individual medley S8 event in another record-shattering performance in the 8th Singapore Para Games.

Gawilan, who also broke the 400-m freestyle event record on the wy to a gold medal on Monday, took off almost 10 seconds from the Games record in the 200-m IM with a clocking of 2:47.64, erasing the old standard of 2:56.41.

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Toh Wei Soong of Singapore finished a distant second in 3:05.55 while Dang Van Cong of Vietnam would up third in 3:16.39.

“Maganda ang preparasyon ko, sir. One year na training. Pinaghandaan talaga namin ito,” Gawilan told Spin.ph in an online interview from Singapore.

Gawilan, who has booked a ticket to the 2016 Rio Paralympics by virtue of breaking the Paralympics standard in the 400-m freestyle, brought his medal harvest to two gold and one silver in the 100-meter freestyle event where he lost by a hair to Singaporean rival Toh Wei Soong.

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