MONTREAL, Canada, August 13. THE best of the best in the disabled swimming community are battling it out for global supremacy at the International Paralympic Committee’s World Swimming Championships in Montreal, Canada. The second day featured four more world records going up on the board.
Ukraine continues to lead the overall medal count with 21 (8G, 7S, 6B), while Great Britain is just behind with 20 (6G, 7S, 7B). Russia is the only other country in the double digits with 16 (5 G, 7S, 4B), while USA and Australia both have five golds with Australia holding nine medals overall (5G, 4B) and USA having eight (5G, 3S). Brazil also has nine medals (3G, 2S, 4B).
Australia’s Blake Cochrane tracked down his world record in the men’s SB7 100-meter breaststroke with a 1:17.83 to win in the finale. That swim bested his 1:18.77 from the 2012 London Paralympics. The Netherlands’ Simon Boer posted a European record with a second-place 1:22.04.
France’s Elodie Lorandi raced to a 4:32.79 in the women’s S10 400-meter freestyle finale. That effort eclipsed the 4:33.15 world record previously held by Poland’s Katarzyna Pawlik since the 2008 Beijing Paralympics.
Russia’s Roman Makarov raced to a 56.84 in the men’s S12 100-meter fly for the global mark in the event. That swim beat his own 56.90 from the 2008 Beijing Paralympics when he represented Belarus.
Ukraine’s Oleksii Fedyna put up a 1:03.58 in the men’s SB13 100-meter breaststroke finale to knock down his world record of 1:03.91 set in July of 2011.
Additionally, Ulyana Kuznetsova downed the European record in the women’s SB7 100-meter breast with a 1:33.55, while Germany’s Vera Thamm posted a 1:12.66 to beat the European record in the women’s SB2 50-meter breaststroke event.
New Zealand’s Mary Fisher clocked an Oceanic record in the women’s S11 50-meter free with a 31.35, while Great Britain’s Oliver Hynd raced to a 2:22.76 in the men’s SM8 200-meter IM for the European mark.