Asian Games: PH’s Delgaco fails to win rowing medal
HANGZHOU, China— Rower Joanie Delgaco did not make the cut for a medal finish in the finals of the women’s single sculls in the the 19th Asian Games early Monday at the Fuyang Water Sports Center.
Delgaco, the 2019 Southeast Asian Games gold medalist, was fifth among six medal hopefuls of the 2,000 meter race. She finished with a time of eight minutes and 5.93 seconds.
Uzbekistan’s Anna Prakaten arrived home fastest in 7:39.05 and was unreachable early on in a clear gold-medal victory over China’s Liu Ruiqu (7:49.98).
Japan’s Shiho Yonekawa managed to cross the finish in third (7:51.88) to complete the podium.
Delgaco’s brilliance propelled the Filipina to the medal race by placing second in her semifinal on Friday.
“Joanie raced against Asia’s best rowers, so entering the finals was already a feat in itself,’’ said Philippine Rowing Association president Patrick “Pato” Gregorio.
Out of medal contention, Tokyo Olympian Cris Nievarez ended up second in the men’s single sculls finals B topped by Iraq’s Mohammed Riyadh Al-Khafaji in 7:16.72.
Nievarez registered 7:19.45 and South Korea’s Kim Jongmin placed third in 7:29.55 among six competitors.
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