World Deaf Swimming Championships: Ryutaro Ibara Ties World Deaf Record on Final Day

COIMBRA, Portugal, August 13. THE World Deaf Swimming Championships came to a triumphant close with one more world deaf record being set, this time with a tying effort.

Russia's Ivan Kassin downed the meet record in the men's 50 back with a 28.36 in prelims. That effort bettered the 28.73 set by Volodymyr Natalchuk in 2007. Kassin, however, could not hold onto the record in the finale with a second-place 28.02. Japan's Ryutaro Ibara tied the world deaf record with a winning time of 27.90. That matched John Kealy's 27.90 from 2005, and bettered Kassin's prelim meet record. Japan's Yoshikazu Kanaji picked up third in 28.11.

Italy's Luca Germano lowered the meet record in the men's 400 free with a 4:03.09. That effort eclipsed the 4:12.64 set by Nicky Lange of Germany back in 2007. Poland's Artur Pioro touched second in 4:06.85, while Great Britain's Callum Ross wound up third in 4:09.19.

USA's Rebecca Meyers checked in with a meet record of her own in the women's 400 free with a 4:31.70. That performance downed the meet record of 4:34.32 she set earlier in the week as part of the 800 free. Ukraine's Anna Tovsta clocked a 4:36.41 to place second, while Great Britain's Hannah Fitton earned third in 4:39.98.

The women's 50 back meet record fell twice. First, Belarus' Maryia Rudzko clocked a 32.09 in prelims to beat the 32.23 set by Shi-Ning Tseng of Taipei from 2007. Russia's Eleonora Brykanova, meanwhile, posted a 31.96 for the meet record to win in the finale. Rudzko earned second in 32.02, while Russia's Alena Alexeeva wound up third in 32.34.

Russia's Ivan Kassin (1:01.14), Ruslan Lebedev (1:07.07), Ilya Trishkin (55.30) and Ilya Sarykin (53.49) set a meet record in the men's 400 medley relay with a 3:57.00. That effort crushed the previous record of 4:08.30 set by Russia in 2007. The U.S. (4:00.44) and Ukraine (4:01.47) completed the podium.

Belarus' Maryia Rudzko (1:07.94), Natalia Deeva (1:15.49), Anastasiya Filipchyk (1:07.24) and Aksana Petrushenka (57.69) beat the meet record in the women's 400 medley relay with a 4:28.36. That time lowered the 4:38.00 set by Belarus in 2007. Ukraine (4:34.40) and USA (4:40.03) rounded out the top three.