Para World Championships: Jessica Long Claims Gold For US; Italy Shines on Day 3

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Para World Championships: Jessica Long Claims Gold For US; Italy Shines on Day 3

Jessica Long added another gold medal to her storied career on Wednesday in Manchester, England, winning the 100 butterfly S8 gold medal at the 2023 Para Swimming World Championships.

Long, from the U.S., won the event in 1:12.70 to hold off China’s Lu Weiyuan (1:13.64) and Jiang Shengnan (1:16.26). It was her 29th career world championship medal.

“This summer has been really difficult, I’ve been training by myself, so I’m really happy with the results,” Long told the USOPC. “I love the 100 butterfly, and I came into this meet just wanting to have fun. I obviously wanted to get the gold, but I also just wanted to do my best.”

One of the greatest S8 butterfly swimmers of all time, Long is the defending Paralympic champion in the event. She has three Paralympic titles in the 100-meter butterfly race, and tonight’s win is her seventh career world title in the event, dating back to the 2009 world championships.

Cyprus swimmer Karolina Pelendritou won the women’s 100 breaststroke SB11 (1:19.97) in a meet record.

Rogier Dorsman of the Netherlands continued his strong meet with a meet record win in the 100 breaststroke SB11 (1:10.31).

In the men’s 100 backstroke S1 final, Poland’s Kamil Otowski earned the gold medal in a championship record of 2:18.60.

In the Para S2 final, Brazil’s Gabriel dos Santos Araujo won the gold medal in a meet-record 1:55.34.

In the women’s breaststroke SB14 final, Brazil’s Debora Borges Carneiro broke an Americas record to win in 1:15.10.

In the women’s 100 backstroke S2, Singapore’s Pin Xiu Yip won in 2:17.78.

Canada’s Tess Routliffe won the women’s 100 breaststroke SB7 in 1:31.91.

Japan’s Naohide Yamachuchi broke the meet record to win the men’s 100 breaststroke SB14 gold medal in 1:03.71.

Israel’s Ami Omer Dadaon won the men’s 150 IM SM4 in 2:32.67.

In the women’s 150 IM SM4, Germany’s Gina Boettcher claimed the gold medal in 3:01.70.

Ukraine’s Maksym Veraska won the men’s 50 free S12 in 24.17.

Brazil’s Maria Carolina Gomes Santiago won the women’s 50 free S12 gold medal in 26.71.

Brazil’s Samuel da Silva de Oliveira broke the meet record in the 50 butterfly S5 with a swim of 31.21 to earn gold.

China’s Lu Dong won the women’s 50 fly S5 in a meet record 39.94. Xu Jialing won the women’s 100 fly S9 in 1:08.34.

Colombia’s Nelson Crispin Corzo won the men’s 200 IM SM6 class in a meet record 2:39.96.

Great Britain’s Maisie Summers-Newton won the 200 IM SM6 in 2:57.53. U.S. swimmer Ellie Marks took the bronze in 3:02.96.

Italy continued its strong Para World Championships.  Simone Barlaan won the men’s 100 fly S9 in 58.25 to break the meet record. Stefan0 Raimondi won the 400 free S10 in 4:06.96. Carlotta Gilli won the women’s 100 free S13 in 59.26. Alberto Amodeo won the men’s 100 fly S8 in 1:02.94.

Hungary’s Bianka Pap won the women’s 400 free S10 in4:33.43.

France’s Alex Portal won the men’s 100 free S13 in 52.47.


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