PHOENIX, Arizona, August 16. ONLY one world record was set last night at the IPC world championships, but the crowd in Montreal was more excited to watch local Paralympic hero Benoit Huot win the 200 IM in the SM10 division with a 2:10.34, just three tenths off his world record. Team USA had a bit of drama in that race, as Ian Silverman was disqualified for what was thought to be an illegal breaststroke stroke, but the DQ was overturned and Silverman was awarded the bronze medal.
Ellie Simmonds broke that world record last night in the 200 IM for the SM6 bracket. Simmonds lowered her own record, which had stood at 3:05.39 from the Paralympics, down to 3:04.41. Simmonds got the day off today but will back in action on Saturday in the 100 backstroke.
The Ukraine picked up five more gold medals on Thursday. Olga Sviderska won the 50 back in the S3 division with a European record of 57.97, and Andriy Kalyna won the men’s 100 breast in the SB8 bracket with a 1:07.05, just four hundredths slower than his world record.
Today’s competition featured a world record in prelims, thanks to New Zealander Sophie Pascoe in the women’s 100 fly in the S10 division. Her 1:04.39 took just four hundredths of a second off her own world mark from last year’s Paralympics, and we’ll be on the lookout to see if she can lower that record even further tonight. Jessica Long will be looking for world championship career gold medal number 22 tonight in the 100 butterfly, and possibly make it 23 when she swims the 100 free on Saturday. We’ll have complete coverage of each day’s competition through Sunday on swimmingworld.com.