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Elliott upsets Long, Bouwer settles for bronze in Montreal

August 18, 2013
Maddison Elliott  • Getty Images

Maddison Elliott • Getty Images

14 year-old Australian Maddison Elliott has caused a huge upset to beat two time world champion and three time Paralympic champion Jessica Long in the women’s 100m freestyle S8 at Montreal 2013.

American Long, who has dominated in all her events this week in the pool at Montreal 2013, just could not get a nose on Elliott who led from the start with a 32.74 split time. Long had a last minute surge in the final 25m, but Elliott dug deep and kept her head down to touch the wall just 0.43 seconds ahead of the American superstar and multiple world champion.

After the race Elliott said: “It’s actually really good to become a world champion for the first time! I’m happy with the time, it’s a new personal best. All I wanted to do is a PB and try to keep up with Jessica (Long) and I knew at the 50 meter mark I had a chance to stay in front of her. So all I did was just trying really hard and I’m happy!”

Elliott also sets a new Oceania world record with the win (1:05.85), whilst Denmark’s Amalie Vinther completed the podium in bronze.

The next surprise of the evening came in the men’s 100m backstroke S10. Brazilian Andre Brasil lost his world title to American Paralympic champion 27 year-old Justin Zook (1:00.09) in a close race to the wall. Estonian Kardo Ploomipuu completes the podium in bronze, setting a new European record (1.00.85). Canada’s own medal favourite, Benoit Huot, in this race did not medal, finishing fourth.

Chinese Paralympic Champion Qing Xu was beaten by team mate Zheng Tao (29.95) in another shock result in the men’s 50m freestyle S6, taking away the world title from Xu for the first time, but only by 0.54 seconds in a race to the wall. Columbian Nelson Crispin set a new Americas record in bronze (32.16 seconds).

Tao later went on to win his second gold of the evening in the men’s 100m backstroke S6 (1:14.00) ahead of team mate Jia Hongguang and Ukrainian Iaraslov Semenenko in bronze and silver.

Daniel Dias adds another world title to his massive haul of career accolades with gold in the men’s 100m freestyle S5. Brazil’s most successful ever Paralympian eased to victory in 1:09.72 whilst American Roy Perkins and Spaniard Sebastian Rodriguez battled it out to the wall for silver and bronze respectively.

Belarusian Ihar Boki missed out on breaking his own world record in the men’s 100m backstroke S13 by just 0.02 seconds to win gold (56.99). Ukrainian Iaroslav Denysenko steps onto the podium in silver medal position ahead of London 2012 bronze medallist South African Charles Bouwer.

Italian Federico Morlacchi finally adds the most coveted coloured medal to his collection in the men’s 100m butterfly S9 (59.63 seconds). 21 year-old Paralympic and world champion Tamas Sors could only manage silver, whilst Matt Cowdrey completes the podium in bronze.

New Zealander Sophie Pascoe adds a fourth gold to her Montreal 2013 medal collection in the 100m backstroke S10 in Oceania record time (1:05.95). Russia’s Nina Ryabova finishes in silver medal position and Katherine Downie in bronze.

21 year-old Brianna Nelson nearly bought the house down with Canada’s first gold of the evening in the women’s 50m butterfly S7 (35.70 seconds), helping to usher in a new era for Canadian swimming. Susannah Rodgers won Great Britain’s first medal of the evening in silver with New Zealander Nikita Howarth in bronze.

Following Rodgers, 17 year-old Hannah Russell won her second world title in the women’s 100m backstroke S12 (1:08.72). Russia’s Darya Stukalova touched the wall for second place and Yaryna Matlo added to the Ukraine’s medal haul of the evening with bronze.

Great Britain’s 15 year-old Amy Marren put in a stunning performance in the women’s 100m butterfly S9 to win her third gold (1:10.07). It was not an easy race though, with Spaniard Sarai Gascon pushing all the way to the wall to finish just 0.51 seconds behind Marren. Ireland’s Ellen Keane finished in bronze.

Russia’s Denis Tarasov and Paralympic champion and world record holder Yinan Wang battled it out over 100m in the men’s freestyle S8, taking the race all the way to the wall. Tarasov brought down Yang’s world record to finish in gold medal position (56.48 seconds), just ahead of Yang (56.79 seconds). Russian Konstantin Lisenkov completes the podium.

Sweden’s Maija Reichard broke her world record in the women’s 100m breaststroke SB11 (1:27.37) to retain her world title from Eindhoven 2010 and picks up her countries’ first gold. Finishing in silver was Argentina’s Nadia Baez with a new America’s record (1:28.58) and in bronze Ukraine’s Yana Berezhna.

It was another great night for the Ukrainians with 28 year-old Dmytro Vynohradets winning an amazing fifth individual world title at Montreal 2013 in the men’s 150m individual medley SM3 (3:01.06). Aussie Grant Patterson steps onto the podium in silver medal position with Mexican Arnulfo Castorena in bronze.

Vynohradets’ team mate Olga Sviderska matched his performance with her fifth gold medal of the week in the women’s 150m individual medley SM3 (3:26.95). 22 year-old Swede Jennie Ekstrom is a face to watch for the future, picking up her second silver of the week in this strong field, which this time includes Mexican Patricia Valle in bronze.

19 year-old Yevheniy Bohodayko gave the Ukrainian team their third gold in a row in the men’s 50m butterfly S7, beating China’s Paralympic Champion Shiyun Pan and Jingang Wang.

Ukranian Oksana Khrul retained her world title in the women’s 50m butterfly S6 (36.95 seconds), ahead of Russian Anastasia Diodorova and USA’s Noga Nir-Kistler.

Natalia Prologaieva and Viktoriia Savtsova played out a national battle to win Ukraine’s next two gold and silver medals. Prologaieva finished first (1:21.02), just 0.67 seconds ahead of Savtsova and silver medallist from Eindhoven 2010 Norway’s Sarah Louise Rung.

Russia’s Aleksandr Nevolin-Svetov retained his world title in the men’s 100m backstroke S12 (1:01.13). American silver medallist from Eindhoven 2010, Tucker Dupree, set a new Americas record, finishing just 0.03 seconds behind Nevolin-Svetov with Ukrainian Sergii Klippert in bronze.

Cameron Leslie collected the latest of New Zealand’s gold medals in the men’s 150m individual medley SM4 (2:34.97). Japan’s Takyuki Suzuki finished in silver and Jonas Larsen with Denmark’s fourth medal of the championships in bronze.

A new world champion was crowned in the women’s 150m individual medley SM4 as Russian Irina Kolmogorova collected gold in 3:12.10 ahead of the Netherland’s Lisette Teunissen.

Russia’s Anna Krivshina set a new world record in the women’s 100m backstroke S13 (1:07.29). 15 year-old American Colleen Young, building on her two gold and silver medals from this week, finished in silver. Aussie Teigan van Roosmalen wins bronze.

Japan’s Kimura Keiichi becomes world champion in the men’s 100m breaststroke SB11, having only previously managed silver at Eindhoven 2010 and London 2012 (1:14.51). Ukraine’s Oleksandr Mashchenko touched in for silver and Spain’s Oliver Israel finishes in bronze.

Russia’s Anastasia Diodorova collected silver in the women’s 100m backstroke S6 (1:28.26), improving on her silver from Eindhoven 2010. China’s Lu Dong finished in silver medal position and Spain’s Julia Castello Farre in bronze. Mexican Vianney Trejo Delgadillo set a new Americas record in 1:34.10.

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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