MANILA, Philippines— Cris Nievarez is looking for another top-three result in Sunday’s quarterfinals of the men’s singles sculls at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics rowing competition.
The 21-year-old is looking to book a spot in the AB semi-finals on a field against rowers from Germany, Lithuania, Brazil, New Zealand and Iraq.
Magnum Membrere, treasurer of the Philippine Rowing Association, said Nievarez is calmly approaching the quarterfinals of his first Olympics.
“As in the playoffs, Cris is aiming to finish in the top three to advance to the next round,” Membrere said, according to the Philippine Sports Commission. “He is calm and focused on his goal.”
Nievarez recorded 7: 22.97 for third place in Series 5 of the men’s singles sculls on Friday behind Damir Martin of Croatia, a silver medalist at the 2016 Olympics, who finished with a time of 7: 09.17 for first place. and Russian Alexander Vyazovkin, who completed the tour. second at 7: 14.95.
In the same quarterfinals are European and world champion Oliver Zeidler of Germany and Mindaugas Griskonis of Lithuania, who finished second in his own series on Friday.
Both Zeidler and Griskonis also tower over the 5-foot-11 Nievarez with the 6-foot-8-inch German and the 6-foot-2-inch Lithuanian.
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