MONTREAL, Canada, August 12. DURING the initial day of the International Paralympic Committee’s World Swimming Championships, a total of eight world records took a fall.
Russia’s Konstantin Lisenkov opened up the first salvo against the global records books with a 1:04.12 in the men’s S8 100-meter backstroke event. That swim eclipsed Lisenkov’s best time of 1:04.67 set in 2010 in Eindhoven. Lisenkov lowered his record again in finals with a 1:03.32.
The next mark fell to Mexico’s Nely Miranda Herrera. She clocked a 41.72 in the women’s S4 50-meter freestyle event, smashing the previous mark of 44.19 set by Lisette Teunissen in Berlin in 2011. Ukraine’s Olga Sviderska then hit the wall in 3:46.05 in the women’s S3 200-meter freestyle event for a world record of her own. That performance demolished the 4:14.45 set by Patricia Valle in 2008.
Belarus’ Ihar Boki blasted his world record in the men’s SM13 200-meter IM with a 2:03.79. That took down nearly three seconds from his previous top time of 2:06.30 set at the 2012 London Paralympics last summer.
Great Britain’s Josef Craig touched out Russia’s Andrey Gladkov, 4:39.14 to 4:39.19, to win the men’s S7 400-meter freestyle and cleared Craig’s world record of 4:41.13 set just two months ago.
New Zealand’s Sophie Pascoe picked up the world record in the women’s S10 100-meter freestyle finale with a 1:00.15. That effort clipped Pascoe’s mark of 1:00.37 from last year in Sheffield, England.
Great Britain’s Jessica Applegate closed down the first day of competition with a 2:09.88 in the women’s S14 200-meter free. That swim crushed her previous world mark of 2:11.47 set two months ago in Sheffield.
Meanwhile, South Korea’s Cho Wonsang put up an Asian record in the men’s S14 200-meter free with a 1:59.82. That finished just a second off Daniel Fox’s world record of 1:58.42 set in April of this year.
Ukraine jumped out to a strong start with 12 medals overall including six golds, while Great Britain has 10 with four golds. USA owns four overall with three golds, while Russia (6/2) and Australia (5/2) round out the top five countries in the medal count.