Paralympic Games (Day 4 Men): Great Britain Blasts WR in Mixed Freestyle Relay; Huge Day For Ukraine


Paralympic Games (Day 4 Men): Great Britain Blasts WR in Mixed Freestyle Relay; Huge Day For Ukraine

It was a strong day for the Ukraine at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo, with Maksym Krypak leading the way. Krypak engaged in a battle with Australia’s Rowan Crothers in the S10 100-meter freestyle and ultimately came away with the gold medal, thanks to a swim of 50.64. Crothers earned the silver medal in 51.37, followed by bronze medalist Stefano Raimondi of Italy in 51.45. Krypak’s time set a world record, as he was faster than the previous standard of 50.87, set in 2010 by Andre Brasil.

The Ukraine’s Yevhenii Bohodaiko repeated as champion of the SB6 100 breaststroke by a slim margin, as he went 1:20.13 to edge Colombia’s Nelson Crispin Corzo (1:20.19). Bohodaiko is the world-record holder in the event and also won gold at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio.

Adding to the success of the Ukraine was Mykhailo Serbin, who led a sweep of the top two positions for his nation in the S11 100 backstroke. Serbin covered the event in 1:08.63 and was followed to the wall by countryman Viktor Smyrnov (1:09.36). Meanwhile, Ukraine’s Denys Dubrov was the gold medalist in the SM8 200 individual medley.

Great Britain’s mixed 400 freestyle relay set a world record as the foursome of Reece Dunn, Bethany Firth, Jessica-Jane Applegate and Jordan Catchpole combined for a time of 3:40.63 to easily finish ahead of silver medalist Australia. Dunn was an impressive 51.15 on the leadoff leg.

Another world record went down in the SM4 150 individual medley where Russia’s Roman Zhdanov was timed in 2:21.17, an effort that took more than a second off Zhdanov’s prior world record. In the SM3 150 individual medley, Mexico’s Jesus Hernandez topped the competition by more than five seconds, with Australia’s Ahmed Kelly and Grant Patterson taking silver and bronze.

In the SB5 100 breaststroke, Russia’s Andrei Granichka set a world record of 1:25.13.