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
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.