2016 Paralympics: Women’s S8 Showdown in 100 Free Looming on Day 4

2016 RIO PARALYMPIC GAMES

  • Wednesday, September 7 – Sunday, September 18, 2016
  • Swimming: Thursday, September 8 – Saturday, September 17, 2016
  • Olympic Aquatics Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Prelims 9:30 AM / Finals 5:30 PM (local time)
  • IPC World Records
  • Live stream links: NBC / IPC
  • Schedule/Results

Races to Watch

Day 4: Sunday, September 11

SB13, Women’s 100m breaststroke

London Paralympic gold medalist Prudence Watt will have to battle Rebecca Fedfern, currently ranked number 1 in the world, to defend her title. Watt will also have to overcome Team USA’s Colleen Young, currently ranked number 3 in the world, and Elena Kranwzow of Germany, the London silver medalist in this event and currently ranked number 2 in the world.

SM10, Men’s 200m IM

For the last 4 Paralympic Games, Benoit Huot has been on the medal stand in this event. He won gold in this event in Sydney, silver in Athens, bronze in Beijing and gold in London.  He followed up his London victory with a world championship in 2013. In 2015 Denys Dubrov of Ukraine won gold in the SM10 200 IM in the IPC World Championships. In May of 2016, Dubrov smashed Huot’s world record and now sits atop the world standings by almost 6 seconds. Dubrov, a former able bodied Ukrainian National record holder has swum as fast as 2:04.58 in April of 2014. The pace of his improvement since his fist Paralympic race in 2015 is astounding and he could easily swim a personal best in Rio.

S8, Men’s 100m freestyle

Two-thirds of the London Games and 2015 IPC World Championship medals in this event went to Russia. With the ban on Russian athletes, the door is wide open for Great Britain’s Josef Craig and Ollie Hynd to win gold in Rio. Craig and Hynd are currently world ranked number 1 and 2, respectively. Yinan Wang of China won gold in this event in London and silver at the 2015 IPC World Championships, but he has not posted a time in this event for 2016.

S8, Women’s 100m freestyle

Currently, Maddison Elliott of Australia sits atop the world rankings over Great Britain’s Stephanie Millward and Team USA’s Jessica Long. Maddison Elliott is the reigning world champion and world record holder. She has a supreme advantage over Long on both the dive and turn. Long, due to her disability, has little propulsion off the blocks or wall, but has the fastest times in between the flags.

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FairPlay

The s8 100fs womens is going to be very interesting for all the wrong reasons. Even in the heats there are so many games being performed. Forget about swimming at your best, it’s a race of whose game enough to overtake long, expose themselves and put themselves in the spotlight for intentional misrepresentation. They intentionally swam slow in the heats to just keep behind Longs No 1 heat time into the final! So who is game enough? Patterson, Elliot or Milward. BRING IT ON!

FairPlay

Just as I predicted, Jess beaten by three swimmers who should be s9. Sorry Jess the 1.06 you did in London to win gold and the 1.06 you did today is no longer competitive for a medal against swimmers who intentional misrepresent their ability. Jess you are in the champion of champions class, no matter the result of this unfair race. As its not a fair playing field anymore.

Fred

Two of them should be S9.
Lakeisha Patterson should be NE

YKA

All three should be serving bans for Intentional Misrepresentation – Patterson for life

Drew Christensen

I cant find an article discussing todays finals, so i’m going to leave this comment here. I just finished watching the s10 men 200IM finals, when the ukranian’s went 1-2-3 in the finals. However, watching Denys Dubrov, the WR holder in the event, and former able bodied athlete, completely slowed down in the last 15 meters, to not just completely smash the WR. This is such a disgusting sight to see, especially since Dubrov has been known to mis represent his disability. I don’t think ive ever been more disapointed to call myself a Paralympian, after seeing what’s happening at these games. Something needs to change, to bring credibility back to our sport

Drew Christensen

another great showing by the s9’s swimming as s8’s in that final:(

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