If the first day is anything to go by at the Scotiabank Aquatics Centre, then the swimming competition at the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico could be something of a classic.
On Sunday (13 November) 11 medals were up for grabs and in front of an extremely passionate sell-out crowd the swimmers did not disappoint with hosts Mexico winning the most medals - two gold, four silver and one bronze - seven in total.
In the first final of the day, there was something of a surprise as Cuba's Lorenzo Perez (5:40.47) took gold by a whisker ahead of world number 10 Daniel Londono of Columbia (5:40.85). Brazil's Adriano de Lima (5:51.76), the Americas Record holder at the distance, and many people's favourite to win, claimed bronze
The crowd went wild in the second race of the day with chants of "Mexico, Mexico" as Vianney Trejo (6:03.28) set a personal best to secure gold for the host nation in the Women's 400m Freestyle S6. Her teammates Doramitzi Gonzalez (6:25.95) and Karina Domingo Bello (6:32.11) ensured a clean sweep of the medals for Mexico.
Mexico secured its second gold of the day in the Women's 100m Breaststroke SB14 when Mariana Diaz de La Vega (1:27.69) stormed to victory. The race for second place was a stunner with Venezuela's Viviana Moraes Barreto (1:30.79) holding off Canada's Kirstie Kasko (1:30.80) by just 0.01 seconds..
A surging last 50m and personal best by Anna Johannes (1:15.80) saw her come from behind to tie for gold with teammate Amanda Everlove (1:15.80) in the Women's 100m Butterfly S9, USA's only medals in the pool on Sunday. Bronze went to Argentina's Daniela Gimenez (1:17.03).
In total there are 85 medal events in seven days of swimming competition at the Parapan American Games involving 180 swimmers from 14 countries. Monday (14 November) will be the busiest day in the pool with 19 gold medals up for grabs.
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.
For the latest results from the Scotiabank Aquatics Centre please visit http://parapan.guadalajara2011.org.mx
To watch, live action from the 2011 Parapan American Games, please visit http://www.parapanamericanos.unotv.com.mx/parapanamericanos/index.html
Courtois Straight Through to the Semis
– Pauline Courtois leads after first day