Jessica Long, Daniel Dias Add to Gold Medal Tallies at IPC Worlds

MONTREAL, Canada, August 14. THE third day of competition at the International Paralympic Committee’s world swimming championships featured more gold medals for the legendary Jessica Long and Daniel Dias, medal dominance by Ukranian swimmers and world records galore at the Parc Jean Drapeau Aquatic Complex.

Men’s 50 backstroke, S2

Russia’s Dmitrii Kokarev started the day with a world record in the prelims with a 59.42, taking down Yang Yang’s mark of 1:00.90 from last year’s Paralympics, and becoming the first in the division to crack the 1:00 barrier. Kokarev was unable to repeat the performance in finals, but didn’t need to in order to capture the gold medal with a 1:00.93. Well back in second was Ukraine’s Serhii Palamarchuk with a 1:03.18 and Aristeidis Makrodimitris of Greece took third with a 1:05.69.

Women’s 50 backstroke, S2
Ukraine swept the medals in this event, with Ganna Ielisavetska taking the gold in a European record of 1:03.21, followed by Iryna Sotska’s 1:09.88 and Darya Kopayeva’s 1:14.67.

Men’s 50 butterfly, S4
Darko Duric of Slovenia battled with the Czech Republic’s Arnost Petracek for the win, with Duric taking the gold with a 41.42 to Petracek’s 41.61. Gustavo Sanchez of Mexico placed third with a 48.18.

Men’s 50 freestyle, S6
China’s Xu Qing touched first in the final with a 29.56, a full second off his world record of 28.57 from last year’s Paralympics. He was the only swimmer under 30 seconds, as his countryman Zheng Tao was second with a 30.24, and Colombia’s Crispin Nelson took bronze with a 30.55.

Women’s 50 freestyle, S6
Italy got on the top of the medal podium with Emanuela Romano posting a 36.33 for the win, just ahead of USA’s Noga Nir-Kistler, who touched in 36.37. Just behind them was Great Britain’s Ellie Simmonds with a 36.44.

Men’s 50 backstroke, S5
Daniel Dias of Brazil continued to pile on the world championship gold medals, collecting his second of the meet and 13th in his career with a winning time of 35.97. Though a full second slower than his world record, it was enough to get the win. Great Britain’s Andrew Mullen placed second with a 39.21, while New Zealand’s Cameron Leslie placed third with a 43.78.

Women’s 50 backstroke, S5
Natalia Prologaieva of Ukraine was the clear winner tonight, placing first with a 41.29. Katerina Liskova of the Czech Republic was second with a 48.48, and Natalia Shavel of Belarus was third with a 50.24.

Men’s 50 freestyle, S7
Great Britain’s Matthew Walker notched the victory with a 28.50, getting to the wall .03 ahead of countryman Josef Craig, who swam a 28.53. Ukraine’s Yevheniy Bohodayko took the bronze with a 28.60.

Women’s 50 freestyle, S7
The United States collected its first gold of the night with a 33.42 from Cortney Jordan in the sprint event. She was able to beat out Great Britain’s Susannah Rodgers (33.84) and Brianna Nelson (34.18) for the win.

Men’s 50 freestyle, S3
Dmytro Vynohradets of Ukraine collected gold with a 47.88, well off his own world mark of 42.60 from 2008. He virtually swam alone, with silver medalist Miguel Martinez of Spain posting a 52.18. Taking third was Australia’s Grant Patterson with a 53.16.

Women’s 50 freestyle, S3
The Ukraine picked up another gold with Olga Sviderska collecting her second win of the meet with a 47.43. Kazakhstan’s Zulfiya Gabidullina was second with a 47.79, while China’s Xia Jiangbo took third with a 51.43.

Men’s 400 freestyle, S8
Oliver Hynd of Great Britain beat out his younger brother, Sam, in the first distance race of the night, taking the gold with a 4:27.67 to Sam’s 4:34.52. China’s Wang Yinan tried to come between the brothers on the medal stand, but settled for bronze with a 4:34.54.

Women’s 400 freestyle, S8
Jessica Long of the United States collected her 22nd world championship medal, and second of this meet, with a convincing win. Her time of 4:43.76 was just 1.5 seconds off the world record of 4:42.28 she set at last year’s Paralympics. Long was racing the clock tonight, as Australia’s Maddison Elliott was well back for second with a 5:04.55. Denmark’s Amalie Vinther placed third with a 5:10.66.

Men’s 100 breaststroke, SB9
South Africa’s Kevin Paul notched the win with a 1:05.85, ahead of China’s Lin Furong’s 1:07.68 and Russia’s Pavel Poltavtsev’s 1:08.39.

Women’s 100 breaststroke, SB9
New Zealand’s Sophie Pascoe took the win with a 1:17.53, getting close to Jessica Sloan’s record of 1:16.93. A great battle for the silver took place behind Pascoe, with Harriet Lee of Great Britain earning silver with a 1:18.88 and Khrystyna Yurchenko of Ukraine third with a 1:18.89.

Men’s 100 backstroke, S14
The Netherlands swept the gold in the S14 category in this event, with Marc Evers winning the men’s event with a world record time of 1:00.96, lowering his own mark of 1:01.85 from the 2012 Paralympics. Also under Evers’ previous record was Inkook Lee of Korea with a runner-up time of 1:01.05. Third place went to Aaron Moores of Great Britain with a 1:03.18.

Women’s 100 backstroke, S14
Another gold and world record swim for the Netherlands in the women’s 100 back, as Marlou van der Kluk swam a 1:06.70 to set the first world record in the event for the S14 division. Bethany Firth of Ireland was second with a 1:07.41, while Great Britain’s Jessica-Jane Applegate beat out teammate Chloe Davies for bronze, 1:08.90 to 1:08.93.

Men’s 200 individual medley, SM12
Danylo Chufarov of the Ukraine posted the third world record of the night with a stunning 2:10.87 to take down Maksym Veraska’s 2:11.11 from 2010. Russia’s Aleksandr Nevolin-Svetov prevented a Ukranian sweep with a runner-up time of 2:14.21 over Ukraine’s Sergii Klippert’s 2:14.79.

Women’s 200 individual medley, SM12
Darya Stukalova of Russia picked up the win with a 2:29.82 over Spain’s Carla Casals’ 2:46.70. Karina Petrikovicova of Slovakia placed third with a 2:50.19.

Men’s 100 butterfly, S13
Ihar Boki of Belarus just missed Timothy Antalfy’s world record of 54.92, but settled for the European record with a 54.99. Russia’s Roman Dubovoy was second with a 56.36, and Antalfy, happy to see his world record stand, picked up bronze with a 56.52.

Women’s 100 butterfly, S13
Canada’s Valerie Grand-Maison took the win with a 1:06.73, with Becca Meyers of the United States placing second with a 1:07.62. In third was Teigan van Roosmalen with a 1:11.33.

Men’s 400 freestyle, S11
Israel Oliver of Spain collected gold with a 4:48.17, beating out Brazil’s Matheus Sousa’s 4:50.46 and Ukranian Dmytro Zalevskyy’s 4:52.72.

Women’s 400 freestyle, S11
In the final individual event of the night, Daniela Schulte of Germany picked up the win with a 5:25.24. The time was about 14 seconds slower than her world record of 5:10.77, but good enough to beat New Zealand’s Mary Fisher, who took silver with a 5:28.06. The bronze medal went to Ukrain’s Olga Iakibiuk with a 5:53.42.

Men’s 4×50 freestyle relay, 20 points
Brazil took the men’s relay in a continental record time of 2:22.15 over Ukraine’s 2:25.41 and Russia’s 2:46.32.

Women’s 4×50 freestyle relay, 20 points
Ukraine wrapped up another successful night with a win in the women’s freestyle relay with a world record-setting time of 2:37.16, shattering the old record of 2:50.11 swum by another Ukranian team in 2011. Italy took the silver with a 3:08.71, while Russia placed third with a 3:14.01, ahead of the United States’ 3:14.40.