Pinoy rower Cris Nievarez qualifies for quarterfinals

People takes photographs of the Olympic Ring at the Japan Sport Olympic Square beside the under constructing national stadium in Tokyo on May 18, 2019. (Photo by Toshifumi KITAMURA / AFP)

MANILA – Cris Nievarez made the quarterfinal cut in the Tokyo Olympics men’s rowing single sculls event after finishing third in his heat on Friday at the Sea Forest Waterway in the Japanese capital.

Nievarez clocked in at seven minutes and 22.97 seconds, making the quarterfinal cut as the top three rowers per heat will qualify to the next round.

He will join Croatian Damir Martin, who topped Heat 5 at 7:09.17, and Russian Alexander Vyazovkin, who came in second at 7.14.95, in the quarterfinals on Monday.

Nievarez was way ahead of fourth placer Felix Potoy of Nicaragua, who finished at 7:32.54.

Potoy and Benin’s Privel Hinkati will be playing in the repechage race.

(PNA – Philippine News Agency)