MONTREAL, Canada, August 17. THE sixth night of racing at the IPC world championships in Montreal turned out to be just that: racing. Although fewer records fell than previous evenings, several world record holders were unable to defend their titles. Although their records may have stood to see another season, they were forced to look up at someone on the podium, proving that anyone, even a World Record holder, is beatable.
Courtesy of: Paul Cunningham - USA Today Sports
Courtesy of: Paul Cunningham - USA Today Sports
Men's 50 Butterfly, S6
A world record was nearly broken right off the bat in the men's 50 butterfly S6 category, but China's Tao Zheng narrowly missed it, touching first in 29.95. The record of 29.90, set last year by China's Qing Xu, still stands, but Xu had to settle for silver behind his teammate. Xu finished in 30.49, Colombia's Nelson Crispen set a new Americas record en route to winning bronze in 32.16.
Women's 50 Butterfly, S6
World record holder Oksana Khrul did not manage to improve on her personal best and record time of 36.05, but claimed another gold medal for Ukraine in 36.95. Russia's Anastatia Diodorova earned silver in 38.51, Noga Nir-Kistler the bronze for the United States in 39.63.
Men's 150 Medley, SM4
Australia's Leslie Cameron took home the gold medal, but was not able to improve on the world record he set last year in London. Cameron finished in 2:34.97. Takayuki Sazuki of Japan was second in 2:40.83, narrowly out-touching Denmark's Jonas Larsen, who finished third in 2:40.92.
Women's 150 Medley, SM4
Irina Kolmogorova of Russia led the three-woman final, taking the gold medal in 3:12.10. Lisette Teunissen of the Netherlands earned silver in 3:16.38; Poland's Karolina Hamer rounded out the field in 3:30.63, earning herself a bronze.
Men's 150 Medley, SM3
Dmytro Vynohradets dominated the field, nearly breaking the three-minute barrier, finishing first in 3:01.06. Grant Patterson of Australia was second in 3:13.52, followed by Arnulfo Castorena of Mexico in 3:18.28. Iad Josef Shalabi of Israel was eighth in the race, but his time of 4:54.69 set a new European Record for the event.
Women's 150 Medley, SM3
Olga Sviderska answered her Ukrainian teammate's challenge, and won a gold medal in the women's 150 medley SM3 in 3:26.95. Sweden's Jennie Ekstrom took silver in 3:30.42, and Patricia Valle from Mexico earned the bronze medal in 3:41.64.
Men's 50 Butterfly, S7
A strong surge by two Chinese swimmers, which included the world record holder Shiyun Pan, was not enough to stop the Ukraine's winning streak. Yevheniy Bohodayko took the gold medal and set a new European Record of 29.95. Pan finished in 30.47, taking the silver medal, followed by his teammate, Jingang Wang, who finished in 30.77. Australia's Matthew Levy missed out on the medals, but his time of 31.44 set a new Oceania record; likewise, fifth-place Jean-Michel Lavalliere of Canada rewrote the Americas record book, setting a new standard of 32.65.
Women's 50 Butterfly, S7
Canada's Brianna Nelson no doubt made the home-country crowd extremely happy, earning Canada's first and only gold medal of the day in 35.70. She was more than a second ahead of Great Britain's Susannah Rodgers, who took silver in 36.76, followed by Nikita Howarth of New Zealand in 37.34.
Men's 100 Backstroke, S12
World record holder Aleksandr Nevolin-Svetov had a tight race tonight, winning the gold medal ahead of Tucker Dupree of the United States by a mere three hundredths of a second. Although the Russian was not able to improve on his world record of 59.35, his time of 1:01.13 was enough to win, if just. Dupree touched second in 1:01.16, and Sergii Klippert of the Ukraine swam a 1:01.61 to earn a place on the podium and a bronze medal.
Women's 100 Backstroke, S12
Great Britain's Hannah Russell finished over a second ahead of the field in the women's S12 100 backstroke, taking first in 1:08.72. Russia's Darya Stukalova also got her hand on the wall under 1:10, taking silver in 1:09.99. The bronze medal went to Yaryna Matlo of the Ukraine in 1:14.57.
Men's 100 Freestyle, S8
After what must have seemed like a world record drought at a meet that has been constantly rewriting the record books, Denis Tarasov of Russia defeated both the world record holder and his record in this race. Tarasov clocked a 56.48, shaving a tenth off of silver medalist Yinan Wang's record of 56.58 set in 2012. Wang was second in 56.79, and Tarasov's teammate, Konstantin Lisenkov, was third in 57.82.
Women's 100 Freestyle, S8
World record holder Jessica Long of the United States was not able to hold off Australia's Maddison Elliott in the women's S8 100 freestyle. Elliott took the gold in a new Oceania record of 1:05.85, flirting with Long's World Record of 1:05.63. Long settled for silver in 1:06.28, followed by Amalie Vinther, who earned bronze in 1:08.92.
Men's 100 Backstroke, S13
Ihar Boki of Bulgaria missed his world record by only two hundredths of a second, yet still managed to get under the 57-second barrier, winning gold in 56.99. Ukraine's Iaroslav Denysenko earned a silver medal in 59.43, and South Africa's Charles Bouwer also swam under the 1:00 mark in 59.52. This time by Bouwer is a new African Record; fourth-place finisher Sean Russo of Australia set a new Oceanian record of 1:01.01.
Women's 100 Backstroke, S13
Russia's Anna Krivshina smashed the world record en route to winning gold in the 100 backstroke: Krivshina's winning time of 1:07.29 eclipsed Chelsey Gotell's mark of 1:09.09 set at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. Second place went to Colleen Young of the United States in 1:15.54, just ahead of Australia's Teigan van Roosmalen, third in 1:15.86.
Men's 100 Breaststroke, SB11
Keiichi Kimura of Japan won the SB11 100 backstroke, besting the field by almost two seconds in 1:14.51. The battle between second and third was decided by less than half a second, with the silver medal going to Oleksandr Mashchenko of the Ukraine in 1:16.33. Israel Oliver from Spain was third in 1:16.74.
Women's 100 Breaststroke, SB11
Sweden's Maja Reichard seemed to have the reflective karma of Bulagaria's Ihar Boki, breaking her own world record by two hundredths of a second en route to winning the gold medal. Reichard won in 1:27.37, an improvement on the 1:27.39 she set earlier this year in Sheffield. Nadia Baez of Argentina finished second in a new Americas Record of 1:28.58, followed by Ukraine's Yana Berezhna in 1:31.78.
Men's 100 Freestyle, S5
World record holder Daniel Dias of Brazil won handily in 1:09.72, about a second off his world mark of 1:08.39 set last summer in London. Roy Perkins of the United States earned silver in 1:14.35, and Spain's Sebastian Rodriguez finished in 1:15.38 to earn the bronze medal and a place on the podium.
Women's 100 Freestyle, S5
Ukrainian teammates Nataliia Prologaieva and Viktoriia Savtsova went 1-2 in the 100 freestyle S5, with Prologaieva winning the gold medal in 1:21.02, and Savtsova taking second in 1:21.69. Norway's Sarah Louise Rung was third in 1:23.66.
Men's 100 Backstroke, S10
Justin Zook of the United States narrowly missed improving on his world record, winning in 1:00.09. His World Record from last summer still stands at 1:00.01, and no doubt Zook has his eyes on that elusive 59-second mark. Andre Brasil of Brazil was second in 1:00.44, and Kardo Ploomipuu of Estonia set a new European Record of 1:00.85 en route to snatching the bronze medal from Canada's Benoit Huot. Huot finished fourth in 1:00.87, two hundredths behind Ploomipuu.
Women's 100 Backstroke, S10
New Zealand's Sophie Pascoe set a new Oceania Record of 1:05.95, and narrowly missed breaking Summer Mortimer's world record of 1:05.90 in the 100 backstroke S10. Mortimer, a multiple gold medalist at last summer's Paralympic Games, is recovering from foot surgery and was unable to defend her title here in front of her home country's crowd in Montreal. Nina Ryabova of Russia earned the silver medal in 1:10.50, Katherine Downie from Australia was third in 1:11.14.
Men's 100 Backstroke, S6
Although he was half a second off of his world record of 1:13.56, Tao Zheng led a 1-2 punch for China in the men's 100 backstroke. Zheng finished in 1:14.00, with his teammate hot on his heels. Hongguang Jia earned a silver medal in 1:14.26. Ukraine's Iaroslav Semenenko was third in 1:17.60.
Women's 100 Backstroke, S6
Another world record holder fell tonight, although her record managed to stay intact: this time, it was Dong Lu of China, bested by Russia's Anastatia Diodorova. Diodorova won her second medal of the night, this time a gold in the women's S6 100 backstroke, finishing in 1:28.26. Lu was second in 1:29.01, and the bronze medal went to Julia Castello Farre of Spain in 1:30.75.
Men's 100 Butterfly, S9
Federico Marlacchi of Italy defeated world record holder Tamas Sors of Hungary for the gold medal in the men's S5 100 butterfly. Sors swam about a second and a half slower than his record of 59.23, set in Berlin in 2011, and Morlacchi snatched the opportunity to take the top of the podium in 59.63 well ahead of Sors' 1:00.61. Australia's Matthew Cowdrey also earned a trip to the podium, earning bronze in 1:00.75.
Women's 100 Butterfly, S9
In the final event of the evening, Great Britain's Amy Marren won the gold medal in 1:10.07, chased by Spain's Sarai Gascon, who placed second in 1:10.58. Ellen Keane of Ireland was third in 1:11.55.