MONTREAL, Canada, August 16. TONIGHT at the IPC World Championships held at Parc Jean-Drapeau, eight world records fell, half at the hands of Ukrainian swimmers. The Ukraine continues to rake in gold medals and countless world and European Records, session after session, proving their dominance as a world leader in Para-swimming. In addition to world records, Ukraine swept the podium in a single event, and won three events back-to-back.
Men’s 400 Freestyle, S12
The night began with a crowd-pleaser: a world record for Ukraine’s Danylo Chufarov in the men’s 400 freestyle. Not only did Chufarov smash the old record of 4:08.64, posting a winning time of 4:05.95, but he snatched the record and gold medal from the previous owner. Russia’s Sergey Punko set the previous record back in 2008, but his time this evening did not even come close to stopping Chufarov. Punko did walk away with a podium performance, however: a silver medal in 4:17.04. Third place went to James Clegg of Great Britain in 4:24.15. The gold medalist was joined by two of his teammates in the final as well: Sergii Klippert and Anton Stabrovskyy were fourth and eighth, respectively.
Women’s 400 Freestyle, S12
Russia rebounded in the women’s S12 400 freestyle: Daryana Stukalova bested Spain’s Deborah Font 4:42.29 to 4:43.14, taking the gold medal but leaving the world record of 4:37.37 from 2008 set by a fellow Russian, Anna Efimenko, intact. Great Britain took its second bronze of the evening, with Hannah Russell finishing third in 4:50.23.
Men’s 100 Breaststroke, SB5
Brazil proved strong this evening in the men’s 100 breaststroke SB5 category, with two swimmers featured in the final. Roberto Rodriguez of Brazil took home the gold in 1:37.32; the silver medal went to Pedro Rangel of Mexico in 1:38.05, just ahead of third-place Niels Grunenberg of Germany in 1:38.31. Rodriguez’s Brazilian teammate, Adriano de Limo took sixth, making Brazil the only country with two swimmers in this particular final.
Women’s 100 Breaststroke, SB5
Germany stormed the podium in the women’s 100 breaststroke SB5, taking both the gold and bronze medals. Kirsten Bruhn won by an incredible 11-second margin in 1:38.96, although she did not come close to her world record mark of 1:33.85 set in Eindhoven back in 2010. Noga Nir-Kistler set a new Americas Record of 1:50.11 as she raced her way to a silver medal, ahead of Verena Schott, who finished in 1:53.18.
Men’s 100 Freestyle, S2
Russia reigned again in this event: Dmitrii Kokarev won handily in a new European Record time of 2:06.08. Greece’s Aristeidis Makrodimitris was second in 2:18.95, just ahead of Jacek Czech of Poland, who rounded out the podium in 2:19.22. This time it was Greece’s turn to have two swimmers represented in the final, with Georgios Kapellakis placing seventh.
Women’s 100 Freestyle, S2
This event epitomized the pure power of Para-swimming in the Ukraine, with a podium sweep and a new world record for gold medalist, Ganna Ielisavetska Ielisavetska finished ahead of her two teammates, Iryna Sotska and Darya Kopayeva, setting the new world mark for her category at 2:16.95. Sotska and Kopayeva finished in 2:20.19 and 2:40.72, respectively. American Kayla Wheeler just missed out on the medals, but set a new Americas Record of 2:51.94 en route to finishing fourth.
Men’s 200 Freestyle, S4
Gustavo Sanchez Martinez of Mexico took gold as the only swimmer under 3:00 in this event, finishing in 2:59.49. Slovenia’s Darko Duric was second in 3:11.32, hunted closely by Michael Schoenmaker of the Netherlands who earned a bronze medal in 3:11.92.
Women’s 200 Freestyle, S4
Not to be outdone by her teammate, Mexican Nely Miranda Herrera broke the Americas record en route to winning gold in the women’s S4 200 freestyle, finishing in 3:21.16. The race for the medals was fairly close, with Lisette Teunissen of the Netherlands finishing second in 3:22.97, ahead of Italy’s Arjola Trimi, who earned a bronze medal in 3:23.67.
Men’s 100 Butterfly, S8
China nearly had two men on the podium in this event tonight, with Maodang Song leading the way in a new Asian Record of 1:00.60, only fifteen hundredths off the World record of 1:00.45 set in 2008 by Australia’s Peter Leek. Fifteen hundredths behind Song was silver medalist Denis Tarasov of Russia in 1:00.75, and in for third was France’s Charles Rozoy in 1:01.36. Song’s teammate, Jiachao Wang, was fourth in 1:02.97.
Women’s 100 Butterfly, S8
Jessica Long of the United States became the first woman in her category to break 1:10 in the 100 butterfly tonight, taking gold and setting a new world mark of 1:09.79. That improves on Long’s own world record of 1:10.13 from 2012, and she must love the Northern hospitality, since her previous record was set last summer in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Neither the win nor the record came easy for her tonight, however, as Great Britain’s Stephanie Slater finished close behind in 1:10.12, a new European Record, and also under the old world mark. Kateryna Istomina of the Ukraine was also in the mix, finishing third in 1:10.18. Hands down, this was probably the most exciting race of the night for the spectators in Montreal.
Men’s 400 Freestyle, S13
Moments after Jessica Long’s world record, Ihar Boki of Bulgaria improved on his world mark as well, en route to gold in the 400 freestyle. Boki’s time of 3:55.56 cut over three seconds off his personal best of 3:58.78, set last year in London. Iaroslav Denysenko of the Ukraine was second, also under the old world mark in 3:56.69. Charles Bouwer from South Africa claimed the bronze medal in 4:14.71.
Women’s 400 Freestyle, S13
Rebecca Meyers grabbed another gold medal for the American women, winning by a massive margin, over 20 seconds ahead of second place Marta Maria Gomez Battelli of Spain. Meyers won in 4:35.98, Gomez Battelli was second in 4:58.61. Americans Colleen Young and Cailin Currie fought for the final spot on the podium, with Young winning the battle for bronze in 5:03.57.
Men’s 100 Freestyle, S7
Josef Craig of Great Britain grabbed gold in the men’s 100 freestyle S7, just out-touching Australia’s Matthew Levy 1:01.74 to 1:01.89. Yevheniy Bohodayko continued Ukraine’s podium consistency, earning a bronze medal in 1:02.74, a mere two tenths of a second ahead of Shiyun Pan of China.
Women’s 100 Freestyle, S7
The American women continued their winning streak when Cortney Jordan took gold in the women’s 100 freestyle in 1:11.75. Great Britain’s Susannah Rodgers was second in 1:12.66, followed by Ani Palian of Ukraine in 1:15.06.
Men’s 100 Freestyle, S3
Dmtytro Vynohradets began a three in-a-row winning streak for Ukraine, winning the men’s 100 freestyle S3 in 1:43.00. He was nine seconds off his world record of 1:34.02 set back in 2010, but earned the top tier on the podium nonetheless. Miguel Angel Martinez Tajuelo of Spain was second in 1:50.14, following by Australia’s Grant Patterson, who set a new Oceanian Record of 1:52.41 for third.
Women’s 100 Freestyle, S3
Ukraine’s Olga Sviderska did her teammate one better, smashing the World record of 1:44.32 set by China’s Jiangbo Xia last year in London, finishing first in 1:37.58. Xia was in the race, and finished second in a personal best and new Asian Record of 1:43.74. Zulfiya Gabidullina of Kazakhstan was third in 1:45.41.
Men’s 100 Butterfly, S11
Completing Ukraine’s winning streak was Oleksandr Mashchenko, winning the S11 100 butterfly in 1:03.32. Israel Oliver of Spain was hot on his heels, however, but settled for silver in 1:03.61. Keiichi Kimura of Japan set a new Asian Record en route to winning bronze in 1:03.72.
Women’s 100 Butterfly, S11
Ukraine’s winning streak was broken by New Zealand’s Mary Fisher, who won the 100 butterfly handily in 1:16.08, just under a second off the World record held by her teammate, Mary Fisher. Olga Iakbiuk took second in 1:24.74, followed by Sweden’s Maja Reichard in 1:25.91.
Men’s 400 Freestyle, S9
Australia’s Brenden Hall swam his way to a personal best, and his previous best time happened to the previous world record. Hall broke through the 4:10 barrier, taking almost a second off his old record, posting a 4:09.93 for the win and new world mark for his category. Federico Morlacchi set a new European record en route to winning silver in 4:14.46. The bronze medal came down to mere tenths of a second, and Jose Antonio Mari Alcaraz of Spain got his hand on the wall–and feet on the podium–before Portugal’s David Grachat. Mari Alcaraz finished in 4:21.95, Grachat barely missed out on the medals in 4:22.22.
Men’s 100 Butterfly, S10
Andre Brasil of Brazil missed his world record but still won the gold medal in the men’s 100 butterfly, finishing in 56.76. Dmitry Grigorev of Russia was second in 58.28, narrowly out-touching Spain’s David Levecq, who finished one tenth behind Grigorev in 58.38.
Women’s 100 Butterfly, S10
Not to be outdone by Jessica Long in the 100 butterfly S8 category, New Zealand’s Sophie Pascoe lowered her world record for the second time today, after posting a personal best this morning in prelims. Tonight, Pascoe shaved more time off her record, finally breaking through the 1:04 barrier, winning in 1:03.95. Olivvia Jablonska of Poland set a new European Record and took silver in 1:08.54, France’s Elodie Lorandi bronze in 1:08.93.
Men’s 100 Breaststroke, SB14
Marc Evers of the Netherlands set a new European Record and narrowly missed the World record of 1:06.69 en route to winning the 100 breaststroke in 1:06.90. World record Holder Yasuhiro Tanaka of Japan was second in 1:08.14. Russia’s Artem Pavlenko earned the bronze in 1:08.61 by beating Australia’s Richard Eliason by a mere hundredth of a second.
Women’s 100 Breaststroke, SB14
World record holder Michelle Alonso Morales of Spain defeated the field but missed out on her world record from last year, finishing in 1:17.63. Bethany Firth of Ireland earned the silver medal in 1:18.74, and rounding out the podium was Nicole Lough of Great Britain, bronze in 1:20.30.
Men’s 4×50 Medley Relay
A heartbreaking disqualification for Brazil moved the Ukraine up from second into first. Ukraine won in 2:39.75, followed by Spain in 2:42.60 and Russia in 2:52.23. Italy finished in fourth place.
Women’s 4×50 Medley Relay
Ukraine went out with a bang tonight, finishing with a world record in the women’s relay. The women smashed the old mark of 3:04.87, finishing well under three minutes in 2:57.35. Russia took second in 3:24.16, followed by the United States in 3:26.59.