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Paul strikes gold in Montreal

August 15, 2013
Kevin Paul

Kevin Paul

Ukraine, the top ten swimming nation of all time leads the standings by just six medals ahead of Great Britain as the competition nears the halfway stage, as USA try to catch-up with Jessica Long and Cortney Jordan.

Ukraine continued their dominance of the pool with a 1, 2, 3 with S1 world record holder Ganna Ielisavetska touching in first in the women’s 50m backstroke S2 in a new European record time (1:03.21). She was followed by 2012 silver medallist Iryna Sotska and Eindhoven 2010 silver medallist Darya Kopayeva in bronze.

In the women’s 50m backstroke S5, world champion Natalia Prologaieva retained her world title (41.29) ahead of Czech Katerina Liskova and Belarus’s Natalia Shavel.

Dmytro Vynohradets also retained his world title in the mens’ 50m freestyle S3, with Spain getting on the scoreboard for the first time of the evening after Miguel Angel Tajuelo Martinez finished in silver. Australia’s Grant Patterson rounded off the podium.

24 year-old Danylo Chufarov smashed the three year-old world record in the men’s 200m individual medley SM12 to claim gold (2:10.87). He was followed by Russia’s Aleksandr Nevolin-Svetov and another Ukrainian, Sergii Klippert, who could not convert a fastest qualifying performance from the heats.

In the women’s 4x50m freestyle relay, gold was all sewn up by the Ukrainians with a team including four medallists and they even set a new world record (2:37.16), with Italy taking second. Russia were nearly beaten to the wall by the USA but managed to hold on for bronze.

Ukraine lead the medals table with a total of 36, 6 ahead of Great Britain.

Eleanor Simmonds only just squeaked into bronze medal position in the women’s 50m freestyle S6 after German Tanja Groepper was disqualified from gold medal position. This also pushed Italian Emanuela Romana up to first (36.33 seconds) and Noga Nir-Kistler into silver.

Revenge was sweet for Oliver and Sam Hynd, blocking out the top two spots on the podium in the men’s 400m freestyle S8. Oliver lead right from the start (4:27.67), but Sam had a thrilling race to the wall with bronze medal winner Yinan Wang of China who beat the brothers to gold in London 2012.

Great Britain’s Paralympic Champion Matthew Walker and Josef Craig filled the gold and silver medal positions in the men’s 50m freestyle S7, with Levy touching in 28.50 seconds. Ukraine’s Yevheniy Bohodayko picks up bronze.

22 year-old American Cortney Jordan continued her great form from this week with another win in the 50m freestyle S7 (33.42 seconds). Susannah Rodgers edged Team GB towards their podium target for Montreal 2013 with a silver and Brianna Nelson pleased the home crowds with Canada’s first medal of the evening in bronze.

USA’s superstar Jessica Long followed in Jordan’s footsteps to win her second gold of the week in the women’s 400m freestyle S8 (4:43.76), and looks unstoppable. Long dominated from the start, with Australia’s Maddison Elliott finishing in silver to improve on her bronze from London 2012 and Denmark’s Amalie Vinther smashing her qualifying time by nearly ten seconds in bronze in a repeat of her Eindhoven 2010 performance.

One of Canada’s favourite athletes Valerie Grand’Maison stormed to gold in the women’s 100m butterfly S13, much to the delight of the crowds. She will be joined on the podium by USA’s Rebecca Anne Meyers in silver and Teigan van Roosmalen in bronze.

Brazil’s most successful Paralympian Daniel Dias ticked the 50m backstroke S5 box (35.97 seconds) to continue his dominance in this event from London 2012. Andrew Mullen qualified well this morning and managed to convert that into a silver medal whilst New Zealander Cameron Leslie picked up bronze.

Belarusian world champion Ihar Boki set a new European record in the men’s 100m butterfly, ahead of Russia’s Roman Dubovoy and Aussie Timothy Antalfy.

New Zealand’s Sophie Pascoe set a new Oceania record (1:17.53) to win her latest gold of the championships in the women’s breaststroke SB9. Brit Harriet Lee improved on her London 2012 bronze, and both women beat Ukranian Paralympic Champion Khrystyna Yurchenko who touched the wall for bronze.

In the men’s 100m backstroke S14, the Netherland’s Marc Evers very nearly lost out to Korea’s fastest qualifier Lee Inkook in a thrilling men’s 100m backstroke S14. Evers led but was caught in the last 25m and had to push to the wall to set a world record time of 1:00.96 – over a second off his own previous record. Aaron Moores of Great Britain completed the podium in bronze.

In the women’s event 19 year-old world champion Marlou van der Kulk of the Netherlands completed the men and women’s S14 backstroke double and broke her own world record for the second time of the day (1:06.70) to win gold. Ireland’s Paralympic Champion Bethany Firth had to settle for silver, with Jessica-Jane Applegate in bronze.

Slovenian Drako Duric won his countries’ first gold medal in the men’s 50m butterfly S4 (41.42), to upset the dominance of Czech Arnost Petrachek who collected silver to add to his world title from Eindhoven 2010 and Paralympic title from 2012. Mexican Gustavo Martinez Sanchez completed the podium.

China’s 20 year-old Paralympic champion and world record holder Qing Xu collected what could be the latest in a long line of medals in Montreal in the men’s 50m freestyle S4 (29.56), followed by team mate Tao Zheng and Columbian Nelson Crispin who is doing well for his country at these championships.

Zulfiya Gabidullina won an amazing silver for Kazakstan in the women’s 50m freestyle S3, just losing out to gold medallist Ukrainian Olga Sviderska (47.43 seconds) after taking the lead from the start and qualifying fastest in the heats. China’s Jiangbo Xia completed the podium.

South African Kevin Paul won gold in the men’s 100m breaststroke SB9 (1:05.85), improving on his London 2012 performance by one podium spot and beating Russian Paralympic champion Pavel Poltavtsev who could only manage bronze behind China’s Furong Lin.

22 year-old Russian world champion and bronze medallist from London 2012 Dmitri Kokarev converted his world record performance from the 50m backstroke S2 heats into a win (1:00.93). Ukraine’s Serhii Palamarchuk gained a silver medal and Greek Aristeidis Makrodimitris collected his first championship bronze.

Russia’s Darya Stukalova eased to victory in the women’s 200m individual medley SM12, ahead of Spain’s Carla Casals and Slovakian Karina Petrikovicova.

In the men’s 400m freestyle S11, Spaniard Israel Oliver topped the podium (4:48.17), followed by Brazilian Mattheus Sousa in bronze and Ukraine’s Dmytro Zalevskyy.

German Paralympic and world champion Daniela Schulte won her second gold in the women’s event, ahead of 20 year-old New Zealander Mary Fisher who wins her third medal of the championships. Ukrainian Olga Iakibiuk collects bronze.

In the men’s 4x50m freestyle relay Brazil, with a team including Daniel Dias, made a strong start and Spain were second in the split into the final 100m with Ukraine third. Somewhere along the way though, Spain lost their advantage and were overtaken by Ukraine and Russia in the final 50m to leave Brazil (2:22.15), Ukraine and Russia to make up the podium.

The 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships run from 12-18 August and feature around 500 of the world’s best athletes from nearly 60 countries – the biggest gathering of swimmers since London 2012.

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  1. Congrats.

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