MONTREAL, Canada, August 15. UKRAINIAN swimmers continued their domination on day four of the International Paralympic Committee’s world championships with five gold medals today, while a local hero boosted the crowd with a big win.
Men’s 200 individual medley, SM10
Benoit Huot, who lives in Montreal, got the crowd on its feet in the first event in finals as he attempted to chase his world record of 2:10.01 from last year’s Paralympics in tonight’s final. He came up short with a 2:10.34, which was still well ahead of runner-up Andre Brasil of Brazil, who posted a 2:13.19. American Ian Silverman collected a bronze medal with a 2:14.42 after Team USA coaches successfully overturned a disqualification that claimed Silverman performed an illegal breaststroke stroke.
Women’s 200 individual medley, SM10
Nina Ryabova of Russia won gold and celebrated a European record time of 2:30.71, taking four seconds off her previous European mark. Australia’s Katherine Downie and Canadian Aurelie Rivard tied for the silver medal with matching times of 2:33.68.
Men’s 100 breaststroke, SB8
Ukraine’s first gold medal of the night went to Andriy Kalyna with a 1:07.05 in the 100 breast, just missing his world record by four hundredths of a second. Well back in second place was Andreas Onea of Austria with a 1:12.99, and Krzyztof Paterka of Poland was third with a 1:14.56.
Women’s 100 breaststroke, SB8
World record holder Olesya Vladykina of Russia won the final with a 1:18.40 over Great Britain’s Claire Cashmore, who clocked a 1:21.23, and Ireland’s Ellen Keane, who touched in 1:23.74.
Men’s 100 backstroke, S7
Another world record was threatened in this event, as Great Britain’s Jonathan Fox missed his record of 1:09.52 with a winning time of 1:09.66. What could he have done if he were challenged? Second place went to Andrey Gladkov of Russia with a 1:11.79 and Ukraine’s Yevheiny Bohodayko placed third with a 1:12.66.
Women’s 100 backstroke, S7
Kirsten Bruhn of Germany has the world record in this event with a 1:21.57, but fell short today with a gold medal-winning time of 1:23.99. Cortney Jordan of the United States won her third medal of the meet with a 1:25.32 and Canada’s Sarah Mehain took third with a 1:29.43.
Men’s 200 individual medley, SM5
Daniel Dias of Brazil captured his 15th career world championship medal with a superb 2:50.02 to win the race. It’s still a little more than a second off his world record of 2:48.92 from 2011, but good enough to add to his impressive medal tally. Dias was the only swimmer under three minutes in the race, with Great Britain’s Andrew Mullen placing second with a 3:08.64, and Antonios Tsapatakis of Greece placing third with a 3:27.12.
Women’s 200 individual medley, SM5
Norway’s Sarah Rung got on the top of the medal podium with a winning time of 3:20.44, well ahead of Natalia Shavel of Belarus, who posted a 3:38.15. Nataliia Shestopal of Ukraine took third with a 3:58.23.
Men’s 50 freestyle, S13
Iaroslav Denysenko of Ukraine blasted through the sprint event with a winning time of 24.04, beating out South African Charles Bouwer (24.10) and world record holder and teammate Oleskii Fednya (24.23).
Women’s 50 freestyle, S13
Valerie Grand-Maison picked up the win with a 27.96 ahead of Russian Anna Krivshina’s 28.00 and German Elena Krawzow’s 29.21.
Men’s 50 backstroke, S3
The first of three straight gold medals for Ukraine went to Dmytro Vynohradets, who collected his third gold of the meet with a 50.95. Miguel Martinez from Spain picked up his third silver medal of the meet with a 52.60, and Sweden’s Mikael Fredricksson took bronze with a 57.07.
Women’s 50 backstroke, S3
Gold medal number four for Olga Sviderska came in the sprint backstroke race as she touched with a European record time of 57.97. Yip Pin Xiu, who holds the world record at 56.62, was second with a 1:00.80 and Kazakhstan’s Zulfiya Gabidullina was third with a 1:11.53. Mexico’s Maria Delgadillo set a continental record with a fourth-place time of 1:12.52.
Men’s 50 freestyle, S12
Maksym Veraska of the Ukraine swept the sprint freestyles in the S12 division with a winning time in the 50 of 23.36, well off his world record time of 22.99. Aleksandr Nevolin-Svetov of Russia took the silver medal with a 24.09 and American Tucker Dupree swam a 24.65 for bronze.
Women’s 50 freestyle, S12
Darya Stukalova of Russia collected her fourth gold medal in the S12 bracket with a 27.58 to win the 50 free. Hannah Russell of Great Britain was second with a 28.19 while Deborah Font of Spain took third with a 28.76.
Men’s 100 freestyle, S1
In the lowest-ranking division of disabled swimming, Itzhak Mamistvalov was able to pick up the win with a 2:23.71, which fell eight second short of his world record. Ukrainian swimmers took silver and bronze with Hannadii Boiko’s 2:35.13 and Anotn Kol’s 2:43.16.
Men’s 100 freestyle, S4
Darko Duric of Slovenia picked up another gold medal, this time in the 100 free with a time of 1:27.27. Ukraine’s Eskender Mustafaiev gave Duric a battle, getting the silver with a 1:27.56. Gustavo Sanchez of Mexico was third with a 1:28.93.
Women’s 100 freestyle, S4
Nely Mirando of Mexico took seven seconds off her continental record in the 100 free with a winning time of 1:34.65. She still has more time to drop to get to Lisette Teunissen’s world record of 1:32.42. Placing second was Teunissen with a 1:37.22, and Italy’s Arjola Trimi placed third with a 1:38.02.
Men’s 200 individual medley, SM6
Great Britain had a lot to celebrate, as the country swept the IM races in the SM6 category. Sascha Kindred won the men’s race in 2:41.82, while Brazil’s Talisson Glock was second with a 2:44.85. wordl record holder Xu Qing of China took bronze with a 2:47.13.
Women’s 200 individual medley, SM6
Ellie Simmonds posted the only world record of the day with a stunning 3:04.41 to lower her own mark by .98 seconds. Simmonds was not pressed, as German Verena Schott was 11 seconds back for second with a 3:15.57. Oksana Khrul of Ukraine was third with a 3:17.96.
Men’s 100 freestyle, S11
Japan’s Keiichi Kimura took his country’s only gold medal of the day with a 1:00.74, beating out South African Hendri Herbst’s 1:01.37 for second. Brazil’s Matheus Sousa was third with a 1:01.69.
Women’s 100 freestyle, S11
New Zealand’s Mary Fisher picked up gold medal number three with an Oceanic record time of 1:09.61, while Daniela Schulte took second in 1:11.81 and Li Guizhi of China placed third with a 1:11.83.
Men’s 4×100 freestyle relay, 34 points
Matt Cowdrey, Matt Levy, Rowan Crothers and Brenden Hall won gold for Australia with a 3:51.14. Brazil put up a big challenge but settled for silver with a 3:51.64. Russia picked up the bronze with a 3:52.92.
Women’s 4×100 freestyle relay, 34 points
The British squad of Stephanie Millward, Susannah Rodgers, Claire Cashmore and Amy Marren posted the win in the final event of the session with a 4:27.95. Canada finished second with a 4:35.41 while the United States — Cortney Jordan, Anna Johannes, Elizabeth Smith and Jessica Long — won bronze with a 4:35.95.