Brazil underlined exactly why it is considered a para-swimming superpower on Tuesday (15 November) winning 16 of the 39 swimming medals available at the 2011 Parapan American Games.
Of the 13 medal events held in Guadalajara, Mexico on the third day of competition, Brazil claimed gold in six of them to take a strong lead at the top of the swimming medals table.
For the third consecutive day, the Scotiabank Aquatics Centre was full of passionate Mexican fans and they were soon jumping for joy in the second race when Doramitzi Gonzalez (38.51) and Vianney Trejo (39.78) secured gold and silver in the women's 50m Freestyle S6 for the hosts. Bronze was won by USA's Michelle Fischer (41.61).
The women's Breaststroke SB12 was won in a new Games record time by Argentina's Anabel Moro (1:25.13) who finished ahead of Brazil's Matilde Alcazar Figueroa (1:31.69) and Venezuela's Belkys Mota (1:33.70).
Brazil's medal tally grew further in the women's Butterfly S5 thanks to Joana Silva (50.61) breaking the Games record to take gold. Silver and bronze went to Mexico's Sofia Olmos (56.49) and USA's Haley Beranbaum (56.95).
Argentina's Daniela Gimenez (31.43) temporarily halted the Brazilian gold rush winning the women's 50m Freestyle S9 ahead of USA's Anna Johannes (31.92) and Brazil's Camile Cruz (33.37).
Mexico's Vianney Trejo (44.13) claimed her third gold of the Games in the women's 50m Butterfly S6. She blew away the field leaving USA's Casey Johnson (45.29) and Brazil's Maria Silva (45.32) in silver and bronze respectively.
In total there are 85 medal events in seven days of swimming competition at the Parapan American Games involving 180 swimmers from 14 countries. On Wednesday (16 November) swimmers will contest 13 medal events.
This is the fourth edition of the Parapan American Games and has attracted 1,500 athletes from 24 countries who will compete in 13 different sports.
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