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EINDHOVEN, The Netherlands, August 18. THE IPC Swimming World Championships kept on rolling with quite a few more world records going into the books.
In what turned out to be a bit of an upset, considering how on fire USA's Mallory Weggemann has been this meet, world-record holder Kirsten Bruhn of Germany touched out Weggemann, 1:23.19 to 1:23.39, in the women's 100 back S7. Both swimmers surpassed Bruhn's previous world record of 1:23.63 set in 2009. In prelims, Weggemann claimed her seventh world record in four days with a 2:54.00 in the women's 200 IM SM7. That performance wiped out Erin Popovich's 2008 mark of 2:54.61. Weggemann returned in the finale to smash her prelim record with a 2:48.43 for her eighth world record performance of the meet.
Great Britain's Jonathan Fox clipped his world record in the men's 100 back S7 with a 1:11.94. That time eclipsed his previous record of 1:11.99 set in April 2010. Russia's Oxana Savchenko lowered her world record in the women's 50 free S12 with a time of 26.96. That swim cleared her previous record of 27.07 set in 2008.
Ukraine's Ganna Ielisavetska crushed the world record in the women's 50 back S2 with a 1:08.96. That time smashed the previous mark of 1:16.33 set by Sara Carracelas at the 2008 Paralympics. Teammate Daryna Kopayeva took second with a 1:12.98, also under the former global mark. Carracelas placed fourth in 1:22.04.
Ukraine's Dmytro Vynohradets won the men's 100 free S3 with a world-record time of 1:34.02, while China's Li Hanhua took second in 1:34.92 as both cleared Du Jianping's 1:35.21 set in 2008. Brazil's Daniel Dias cleared his own world record in the men's 200 IM SM5 with a time of 2:49.22. That time erased his previous time of 2:51.23 set in 2009.
Great Britain's Sascha Kindred nipped his world record in the men's 200 IM SM6 by the slimmest of margins with a 2:42.18. His previous mark had been a 2:42.19 set at the 2008 Paralympics. Great Britain's Eleanor Simmonds posted a 3:09.24 to win the women's 200 IM SM6 and break her world record of 3:11.06 set in May of this year.
Russia's Alexandr Nevolin-Svetov, Mikhail Zimin, Roman Makarov and Sergey Punko won the men's 400 medley relay – 49 Points with a time of 4:02.14. That swim obliterated the world record of 4:07.14 set by Ukraine in 2007. Ukraine's Viktor Smyrnov, Oleksii Fedyna, Danylo Chufarov and Maksym Veraksa took second in 4:05.51 under the previous world record.
Australia's Brenden Hall won the men's 400 free S9 with a time of 4:18.20, while South Africa's Natalie Du Toit took the women's 400 free S9 in 4:30.64. Brazil's Andre Brasil snatched the men's 400 free S10 in 4:05.95, while USA's Ashley Owens captured the women's 400 free S10 in 4:39.53.
Spain's Enhamed Mohamed claimed the men's 50 free S11 title in 26.03, while China's Xie Qing took home the women's 50 free S11 in 31.46. Ukraine's Maksym Veraksa touched in 23.47 to win the men's 50 free S12 crown, while Dzmitry Salei of Belarus won the men's 50 free S13 in 24.29. USA's Kelley Becherer snared the women's 50 free S13 title in 28.00, while Australia's Peter Leek captured the men's 50 free S8 in 26.75. China's Shengnan Jiang posted a 31.77 for the women's 50 free S8 title.
Russia's Dmitry Kokarev clocked a 1:04.03 in the men's 50 back S2 for the win, while Patricia Valle of Mexico dominated the women's 100 free S3 in 2:06.53. France's David Smetanine captured the men's 100 free S4 in 1:24.19, while Mexico's Nely Miranda Herrera took the women's 100 free S4 crown in 1:41.74.
Great Britain's Daniel Pepper snared the men's 100 breast SB14 title in 1:11.08, while Hong Kong's Shu Hang Leung posted a 1:21.80 for the women's 100 breast SB14 title. Ukraine's Nataliia Prologaieva won the women's 200 IM SM5 in 3:34.43. USA's Rudy Garcia-Tolson topped the men's 200 IM SM7 in 2:36.78.