Paralympic Games Day 2 Men: Ihar Boki Sets World Record in Backstroke; China Mixed Relay Sets Mark

Sep 7, 2012; London, United Kingdom; Ihar Boki (BLR) celebrates after receiving his gold medal during the victory ceremony for the men's 200m IM SM13 during the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Aquatics Centre. Mandatory Credit: Leo Mason-USA TODAY Sports
Ihar Boki. Photo Courtesy: Leo Mason-USA TODAY Sports

The 2020 Paralympic Games continued in Tokyo with Day 2 of the swimming competition.

Belarus’ Ihar Boki surged to a world record to win the men’s 100 backstroke S13 class gold medal. He touched the wall in 56.36, breaking his own previous world record of 56.68 that he set in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Canada’s Nicholas Guy Turbide took the silver in 59.70, while Russian Paralympic Committee’s Vladimir Sotnikov took the bronze in 59.86.

It was an emotional swim for Turbide.

“I feel pretty emotional tonight actually, it’s not my usual self, but I had a year and a half filled with injuries that actually made me doubt that I would come here today at these Games,” said Turbide, who had also placed second behind Boki at London 2019 to claim his first career world championship medal. “Going back home with a medal is the best result that I could have hoped for, and it shows that being resilient during the year and believing in myself made the difference tonight. Getting back to this level where I was in London in 2019 and finishing in the same position is just a full circle that closed itself.”

China also set a world record in the mixed 4×50 relay, winning in 2:15.49. Italy took the silver in 2:21.45 and Brazil won the bronze in 2:24.82. China’s swimmers were Zhang Li, Zheng Tao, Yuan Weiyi and Lu Dong.

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In the men’s 100 free S5, Italy’s Francesco Bocciardo earned his second gold medal of the meet. He won the race in 1:09.56. China’s Wang Lichao took the silver in 1:10.45 and Brazil’s Daniel de Faria Dias won the bronze in 1:10.80.

In the 100 free S4, Japan’s Takayuki Suzuki claimed his second medal of the games, winning in 1:21.58. Italy’s Luigi Beggiato took the silver in 1:21.21, while Russian Paralympic Committee’s Roman Zhdanov took the bronze in 1:26.95.

In the 200 IM SM6 final, Colombia’s Nelson Crispin Corzo won the gold medal in 2:38.12. Russian Paralympic Committee’s Andrei Granichka took the silver medal in 2:40.92 and China’s Jia Hongguang took the bronze in 2:41.29.

In the 400 free S11 class, Rogier Dorsman of the Netherlands won his first gold of the games in 4:28.47. Japan’s Uchu Tomita took the silver medal in 4:31.69, while China’s Hua Dongdong won the bronze in 4:34.89.

In the 100 breaststroke S89 class, Italy’s Stefano Raimondi earned gold, touching the wall in 1:05.35. Russian Paralympic Committee’s Artem Isaev took the silver in 1:07.45, while teammate Dmitrii Bartaninskii took the bronze (1:08.06).

In the 100 breaststroke SB8 class, Russian Paralympic Committee’s Andrei Kalina won gold in 1:07.24. Spain’s Oscar Salguero Galsteo won the silver in 1:09.91 and China’s Yang Guanglong took the bronze in 1:10.48.