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Swimming - 19. August 2013.

Forty-three records smashed at IPC Swimming Worlds

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The 2013 IPC Swimming Championships closed with 43 new world records set and 172 gold medals awarded.

After a final night in the pool at the Parc Jean Drapeau in Montreal, Canada, Ukraine finished at the top of the medals table, Russia second and Great Britain third.

During a speech at the closing ceremony, CEO of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Xavier Gonzalez said: "Athletes have entertained and amazed us across seven days where many world records have fallen, historic performances have been laid down and new champions to watch in the future have emerged.

"These athletes have, as ever, inspired us all and through their amazing performances have raised awareness of para-sport and para-swimming to entirely new audiences, fans and media."

Nearly 480 athletes from 53 countries competed at the Championships, in what was the biggest gathering of international swimmers since London 2012 and the first event of its kind in North America.

Thirty-nine countries have won at least one medal, over half of the entire number of National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) that fielded teams, showing the huge continuing growth in para-swimming.

Face for the future, 20-year-old New Zealander Mary Fisher, who won her first Paralympic title in London and five world titles this week in Montreal said: "I couldn't have asked for anything more here in Montreal. It has been a great atmosphere and we are lucky to have the support of Team New Zealand behind us.
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