Guam Olympian Sean Pangelinan in Semi-Finals

Sean Pangelinan

Sean Pangelinan


Taking to heart what he said that about learning from the mistakes from the 1000 meter qualification round of competitions from the previous day, Guam Olympian, Sean Pangelinan was able to place seventh place in the canoe single 500-meter heat at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Pangelinan finished with a time of 2 minutes and 12.696 seconds

He will compete in the semi finals on Thursday, August 21st.  He is the first of the Guam Olympians to qualify for a semi finals round in Beijing in their sport.

Go Sean go!


Canoe/KayakMen’s Canoe Singles 500m

Men’s C-1 500m Qualification – Heat 3

Tue Aug 19 4:30am EDT

Canoe/Kayak – Men’s C-1 500m Qualification – Heat 3
Rank Country Athlete Splits Final
1 Flag ofRUS Maxim Opalev 52.61 1:47.849
2 Flag ofCHN Qiang Li 53.35 1:49.164
3 Flag of POL Pawel Baraszkiewicz 53.64 1:50.463
4 Flag ofUZB Vadim Menkov 54.00 1:52.793
5 Flag ofGRE Andreas Kiligkaridis 54.57 1:54.541
6 Flag of LAT Mikelis Ezmalis 55.34 1:54.890
7 Flag of GUM Sean Pangelinan 1:02.84 2:12.696

Pangelinan glides into semis


Sean Pangelinan didn’t break his personal best time in 500-meter flatwater sprint yesterday at the Shunyi Park, but he said he paddled a much more comfortable race and he’s happy with his performance.

Pangelinan finished at 2:12.696, three seconds off his best.

He’ll have one more chance to improve his time tomorrow because he earned an automatic berth to the semifinals. On Monday, he finished last in his eight-man heat and was eliminated. Yesterday, his heat only had seven racers so he gets to paddle again.

“I wanted to push myself, once I got out there. I knew that if I pushed myself now, I’ll push myself even harder out there the next time. And plus, I’ll have a day of rest in between, so I’m not too worried,” he said. He added that of the three flatwater races, the 500-meter is his favorite.

He started recovery shortly after the race, working with Team Guam physiotherapist Julienne Duenas.

Pangelinan paddled with Russia, China, Poland, Uzbekistan, Greece and Latvia. The Russian, Maxim Opalev, went straight to the finals with a 1:47.849 time and had the best qualifying of 25 paddlers.

Unlike Monday’s race, Pangelinan did not have the slowest time in the field. Luis Pacavira of Angola, who knocked Pangelinan out of the semifinals on Monday, clocked a 2:13.265 and was eliminated from the semis. The Angolan finished 13 seconds behind the last qualifier in his heat.

Pangelinan paddles Thursday evening, Guam time, and will probably be the last Guam presence in competition. The top finishers are expected to win with times in the 1:40s.


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