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Swimming - 14. August 2013.

2013 IPC Swimming World Championships in Montreal, Canada.

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Jessica Long began her championships campaign in style, touching in at 2:37.11, ahead of Great Britain’s Stephanie Slater and Russian rival Olesya Vladykina in silver and bronze position in the women’s 200m individual medley SM8.

 

Mexican Juan Reyes continued his world championships form in the men’s 50m backstroke S4 with another world title (45.97 seconds). Reyes, champion since 1998, narrowly touched in ahead of Czech born Arnost Petracek and Gustavo Sanchez Martinez of Mexico, who picks up his first championships medal over this distance.

In the women’s event, the Netherlands' Lisette Teunissen collected gold in a repeat of her performance from London 2012 (51.43 seconds). Current world champion Brazilian Edenia Garcia finished in silver and Juan Bai of China set a new Asian record (53.87 seconds).

Spain's Sarai Gascon picked up her first world title in the women’s 50m freestyle S9 (29.32 seconds), in an incredibly close race ahead of bronze medallist from Eindhoven, Russian Irina Grazhdanov and Lin Ping of China. The three women finished within 0.13 seconds of each other.

Brazil’s Daniel Dias recovered from a disappointing start on day one by retaining his 200m freestyle S5 world title (2:27.83), beating 23 year-old American and 2010 silver medallist Roy Perkins. 20 year-old James Scully picked up Ireland’s second medal of the champs in bronze.

Sarah Louise Rung, having become world champion yesterday in the 50m butterfly S5, won another world title in the women’s 200m freestyle S5 (2:50.57). Inbal Perazo finished in second, collecting Israel’s first medal of the championships with Brazilian Joana Maria Silva in third.

22 year-old Australian Blake Cochrane set the first world record of the evening in the men’s 100m breaststroke SB7 (1:17.83), breaking his own record by nearly one second, with a new European record for Netherlands’ Simon Boer (1:22.04) winning silver. Sascha Kindred opened Great Britain’s medals for the evening with bronze.

In her first world championships, 23 year-old Russian Ulyana Kuznetsova claimed gold (1:37.55) ahead of London 2012 and 2010 bronze medallist from the Netherlands, Lisa den Braber who beat Paralympic silver medallist Oksana Khrul.

17 year-old Paralympic Champion Ian Silverman of the USA showed his intentions to dominate the men’s events by claiming his first world title in the 400m freestyle S10. Great Britain’s Robert Welbourn touched in silver ahead of Russian Dmitry Bartasinskiy.

Paralympic Champion Elodie Lorandi of France continued her strong world championships show with a world record in the 400m freestyle S10 (4:32.79), ahead of Canada's London 2012 silver medallist Aurelie Rivard and 16 year-old Brit Tully Kearney in bronze.

Russian Roman Makarov retained his world title in the men’s 100m butterfly S12 (56.84 seconds). Ukrainian Danylo Chufarov finished in silver position with Russian Anton Stabrovskyy in third.

In the women’s event, London 2012 silver medallist Darya Stukolova of Russia claimed gold (1:05.39), whilst Great Britain’s Hannah Russell touched the wall in silver medal position, improving on her bronze from 2012. Spain's Carla Casals completed the podium with the same colour she won at world championships in Eindhoven in 2010.

Ukrainian Paralympic and world champion Oleksii Fedyna set a new world record in the men’s 100m breaststroke SB13 (1:03.58). Russian Mikhail Zimin improved on his bronze in Eindhoven in 2010 to collect silver and 17 year-old Roman Dubovoy repeated his London 2012 bronze-medal performance.

Ushering in a new era in the women’s 100m breaststroke SB13, 19 year-old German Elena Krawzow became world champion after winning gold at London 2012 (1:20.43). American Colleen Young is just 15 years-old but put in a strong performance to win silver ahead of Australian Teigan van Roosmalen in bronze.

In the men’s 100m breaststroke SB4 in the absence of Paralympic champion Daniel Dias, Columbian Moises Garcia Fuente fought hard against Ricardo Ten of Spain to claim Columbia’s first gold of the competition (1:36.91). Ten just lost out to Fuente in the last metre, with Greece’s Antonios Tsapatakis in bronze medal position. The crowd adored the first time entry from the Namibians, cheering Gideon Nazilowski to the wall.

Norwegian Sarah Louise Rung continued her world championships campaign with her second gold medal of the night in the 100m breaststroke SB4 (1:45.86), beating Ukrainian rival and Paralympic champion Nataliia Prologaieva. Natalia Shavel won Belarus’s first medal in the women’s events in bronze.

The women’s event was a clean sweep for the Brits, with 14 year-old Amy Marren winning her first world title (2:33.95). Stephanie Millward became a worlds' silver medallist to add to her silver from London 2012 and 25 year-old Claire Cashmore finished in bronze.

In the men’s 50m freestyle S11 there was a re-run after a protest, where Keiichi Kimura of Japan had to settle for second place. Russian Alexander Chekurov claimed gold (26.32 seconds), with Herbst Hendri managing to hold onto his bronze for a second time.

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