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Long wins third consecutive world title in world record time.

August 17, 2013
Jessica Long od the USA swims during the Women's 200m Individual Medley SM8 at the IPC Swimming World Championships at Parc Jean Drapeau on August 13, 2013 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Jessica Long od the USA swims during the Women’s 200m Individual Medley SM8 at the IPC Swimming World Championships at Parc Jean Drapeau on August 13, 2013 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

American Jessica Long has won her third consecutive world title in world record time on a hugely successful night of para-swimming superstars at the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships.

Long faced a hard fight to win her latest title in the women’s 100m butterfly S8 setting a new world record mark (1:09.79):

“It was tough going” the 21 year-old 12-time Paralympic Champion said “It is what I’ve been training for all year”.

Great Britain’s Stephanie Slater finished in silver, ahead of Ukranian Kateryna Istomina.

Sophie Pascoe has kept her promise to the world by winning the women’s 100m butterfly S10 and bringing down her record for the second time in less than 12 hours at Montreal 2013.

Pascoe set a new world record mark of 1:04.39 in the heats this morning saying afterwards she thought she had more left in the tank, and finished in the final in 1:03.95. Poland’s Olivia Jablowska finished in silver medal position in a new European record time (1:08.54) ahead of France’s Elodie Lorandi in bronze.

World and Paralympic champion Ihar Boki must have been watching Long from the call-room as in the next race he too set a new world record in the men’s 400m freestyle S13 (3:55.56), knocking over three seconds off his own record from London 2012. Ukrainian Iaroslav Denysenko stayed close to Boki until the last 50m but could not keep up and touched the wall in silver ahead of South African Charles Bouwer in bronze

In a thrilling men’s 100m freestyle S7, Josef Craig battled to the line against Aussie Matthew Levy and Yevhenoy Bohodayko to eventually finish just 0.15 seconds ahead of Levy and Bohodayko in bronze (1:01.74).

Nine time Paralympic champion Brazil’s Andre Brasil won his third consecutive 100m butterfly S10 world title in 56.76.

“You know, definitely I’m not 100 percent in shape. I try to focus mentally that I am the one. I did that for my family, for all the Brazilians and for myself of course!” Brazil said.

Second and third medal positions were very tight, with Great Britain’s James Hollis looking like he could take silver in the last 50m, but was overtaken by Russian Dmitry Grigorev and Spain’s David Levecq for silver and bronze.

Marc Evers, bronze medallist of London 2012, triumphed in the men’s 100m breaststroke SB14, beating Paralympic champion Japan’s Yasuhiro Tanaka and London 2012 silver medallist Russian Artem Pavlenko in a new European record time (1:06.90).

World Champion Ukrainian Dmytro Vynohradets had a convincing win in the men’s 100m freestyle S3 (1:43.00) to pick up an amazing fourth world title in as many days at Montreal 2013. He was followed to the wall by Spaniard Miguel Angel Tajuelo Martinez and Aussie Grant Patterson, setting a new Oceania record in 1:52.41 in silver and bronze respectively.

In the women’s equivalent, Ukrainian Olga Sviderska also picked up her fourth world title in world record time (1:37.58). China’s Xia

Jangbo finished in silver and Kazakstani Zulfiya Gabidullina medalled again having so far got on the podium in all of her events.

20 year-old New Zealander Mary Fisher joined the multiple world-title club in the women’s 100m butterfly S11 (1:16.08), winning her fourth gold of the championships. Fisher has a formidable stroke and is one to watch for Rio 2016. She is joined on the podium by Ukraine’s Olga Iakibuk and Swede Maja Reichard.

Paralympic champion Aussie Brendan Hall retained his world title in the men’s 400m freestyle S9, beating his own world record (4:09.93). Italy’s Federico Morlacchi touched in second and Spain’s Mari Alcaraz just snuck into bronze medal position.

American Rebecca Anne Meyers eased to victory in the women’s 400m freestyle S13 (4:35.38), in front of Spaniard Marta Maria Gomez Battelli and USA’s Colleen Young.

Meyers’ and Young’s team mate 22 year-old Cortney Jordan followed up with a win in the women’s 100m freestyle S7 (1:11.75) for her third gold of the championships. Great Britain’s Susanna Rodgers collected silver and Ukrainian Ani Palian for her third bronze this week.

Ukraine’s Danylo Chufarov added his second world title of the championships in the men’s 400m freestyle S12 in a world record time of 4:05.95, beating current Russian world record holder Sergey Punko who finished second. They are followed onto the podium by Great Britain’s James Clegg.

In the women’s event, Russia’s Darya Stukalova won gold (4:42.29) with London 2012 bronze medallist Deborah Font of Spain in silver medal position and Great Britain’s Hannah Russell in bronze, adding to the three silver medals she has already won at Montreal 2013.

In the men’s 100m breaststroke SB5, Brazil’s Roberto Rodriguez won the gold (1:37.32) ahead of Mexican London 2012 bronze medallist Pedro Rangel and 2012 and Eindhoven 2010 silver medallist German Niels Grunenberg.

Germany’s world champion, Paralympic champion and world record holder Kristen Bruhn touched the wall first in the women’s 100m breaststroke SB5 (1:38.95). American Noga Kir-Kistler seperates two Germans for silver with a new Americas record (1:50.11) with

Verena Schott finishing in bronze position.

22 year-old Russian Dmitri Kokarev, the reigning world champion going into the men’s 100m freestyle S2, repeated his performance from Eindhoven 2010 to win gold (2:06.08). Greek Aristeidis Makrodimitris, bronze medallist from London 2012 in this event finished in silver and Poland’s Jacek Czech touched in for bronze.

It was an all Ukrainian podium for the women’s 100m freestyle S2 race, and Ganna Ielisavetska set a new S2 world record (2:16.95) to touch in to retain her world title. Iryna Sotska collected silver and Darya Kopayeva finished in bronze – the two women swap their podium places from Eindhoven 2010.

Mexican Gustavo Sanchez Martinez took the world title away from France’s David Smetanine to add to his Paralympic gold from London 2012 (2:59.49). It was close for silver and bronze, but Slovenian Darko Duric just pipped the Netherland’s Michael Schoenmaker to the wall.

The crowds were treated to an incredibly close race in the women’s 100m freestyle S4. Reigning world champion Nely Miranda Herrera managed to retain her title after a late surge in the last 50m to break away from the pack and set a new Americas record (3:21.16). That left the Netherland’s world record holder Lisette Teunissen to battle for the silver with Italian Trimi Arjola, which she duly won with only a few tenths between them.

The men’s 100m butterfly S8 was also a close run thing with bronze medallist from London 2012 Maodong Song collecting gold (1:00.60) just 0.15 seconds ahead of Russia’s Denis Tarasov and Paralympic champion Frenchman Charles Rozoy who win silver and bronze respectively.

Ukranian Oleksandr Mashchenko became world champion in the men’s 100m butterfly S11 (ahead of Spaniard Israel Oliver and Japan’s Kimura Keiichi picked up bronze as he did in Eindhoven in 2010.

Spain’s Michelle Alonso Morales took the world title in the women’s 100m breaststroke SB14 (1:17.63) ahead of Ireland’s Bethany Firth who collects her third silver of the championships. Great Britain’s Nicola Lough collects a bronze.

Ukraine won gold in the men’s 4x50m medley relay (2:39.75) with a strong team that included gold medallist from earlier on in the evening, Dmytro Vynohradets. Spain finished second ahead of Russia in third.

In the women’s 4x50m medley relay, Ukraine eased to gold in a new world record time (2:57.35) with an incredibly strong team that included Natalia Prologaieva and Olga Sviderska, ahead of Russia and USA.

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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