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EINDHOVEN, The Netherlands, August 15. THE first evening of long course meter competition at the IPC Swimming World Championships produced a double-digit total of world record performances in the various Paralympic divisions.
Ukraine's Mihovil Spanja cut nearly three seconds from the world record in the men's 400 free S7 division with a time of 4:47.39. His time far surpassed the 4:50.35 set by Great Britain's David Roberts in May of this year. Roberts, meanwhile, placed second in the head-to-head showdown with a personal-best 4:48.11. Compatriot Jonathan Fox (4:50.39) nearly cleared the previous global standard as well.
Brazil's Andre Brasil cleared his world record in the men's 100 fly S10 with a time of 55.99. That swim beat his 2009 record of 56.16 and made him the first man in the division to break the 56-second barrier.
Russia's Konstantin Lisenkov twice picked off a world record of his own in the men's 100 back S8 with a winning effort of 1:04.67. That performance nipped his previous mark of 1:04.98 set during prelims, which in turn crushed his 2008 global standard of 1:06.33.
Ukraine's Maksym Veraksa raced to a world record in the men's 200 IM SM12 with a top time of 2:11.11. That clocking eclipsed his former record of 2:11.56 set back in 2009.
A pair of world records fell in the same race as the women's 50 free S1 and S2 finals took place together. Ukraine's Ganna Ielisavetska took down the S1 global mark with a 1:09.59. She held the previous record with a 1:11.73 set back in 2009. Ukraine's Darya Kopayeva, meanwhile, put up a 1:12.37 to win the S2 division and beat the previous record of 1:15.46 set by Victoria Broadribb way back in 2000.
Great Britain's Eleanor Simmonds blasted her world record in the women's 400 free S6 with a sterling 5:27.64. Her previous best of 5:31.44 had been the global standard since she set it a year ago.
USA's Mallory Weggemann obliterated her own world record in the women's 400 free S7 with a 5:04.87. She dropped more than seven seconds from her 2009 mark of 5:12.30. Weggemann also broke the 200 free world record in the S7 division with a 2:27.41 split. That swim lowered the former record of 2:35.80 set by Kirsten Bruhn back in 2005.
New Zealand's Sophie Pascoe cleared the world record in the women's 100 fly S10 with a time of 1:08.06. She knocked more than half-a-second from the previous record of 1:08.88 set by Gemma Dashwood 16 years ago at the 1996 Paralympics.
Germany's Daniela Schulte edged her world record in the women's 200 IM SM11 with a triumphant time of 2:52.36. That swim just clipped her previous mark of 2:52.77 set last year.
Israel's Itzhak Mamistvalov won the men's 50 free S1 event in 1:08.22, while Russia's Dmitry Kokarev topped the men's 50 free S2 in 1:02.72. Ukraine's Dmytro Vynohradets followed with a touchout triumph over China's Li Hanhua, 44.53 to 44.54, for the men's 50 free S3 title. France's David Smetanine earned the men's 50 free S4 crown in 38.26, while Sweden's Anders Olsson captured the men's 400 free S6 title in 5:04.28. Singapore's Pin Xiu Yip captured the women's 50 free S3 crown in 1:03.17, while Mexico's Nely Miranda Herrera turned in a 48.73 to win the women's 50 free S4 division.
Hungary's Tamas Sors won the men's 100 fly S9 in 59.52, just missing his world record of 59.34 from the 2008 Paralympics, while South Africa's Natalie Du Toit, who competes in able-bodied meets as well as open water, took home the women's 100 fly S9 title in 1:08.30.
Ukraine's Viktor Smyrnov earned the men's 200 IM SM11 victory in 2:28.46, while Belarus' Ihar Boki turned in a 2:12.84 to win the men's 200 IM SM13. Russia's Oxana Savchenko posted a 2:33.10 to win the women's 200 IM SM12, while USA's Kelley Becherer garnered the women's 200 IM SM13 crown in 2:30.32. Meanwhile, USA's Jessica Long snared the women's 100 back S8 title in 1:17.56.