2016 Rio Paralympics: Day 5 Prelims Recap

by Kyra Florea 4

September 12th, 2016 News, Paralympic & IPC Swimming


  • 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


Day 5 of Paralympic Swimming consisted of 14 preliminary events.

Men’s S13 400M Freestyle

Finishing first in the preliminary heats was Belarus’ Ihar Boki with a time of 4:02.23. Following him were Ukraine’s  Iaroslav Denysenko and Uzbekistan’s Dmitriy Horlin.

Women’s S13 400M Freestyle

USA’s Rebecca Meyers will be seeded first going into tonight’s finals. Meyers finished with a time of 4:29.97 . She is the defending world record holder in this event with a best time of 4:21.66. Following her closest into the finals heat are Anna Stetsenko of Ukraine and Naomi Maike Schnittger of Germany.

Men’s SM4 150M IM

New Zealand’s Cameron Leslie finished first in prelims with a time of 2:29.36. Leslie looks to defend his world record title in this event in tonight’s final session.

Women’s SM4 150M IM

This event got off to a very fast start when China’s Jiao Cheng broke the Paralympic and World Records with her time of 2:47.57. The previous record was 2:47.84 held by Denmark’s Karina Lauridsen. China will have two swimmers in finals for this event as Yue Deng finished third in prelims with a time of 2:58.54.

Men’s S11 50M Freestyle

USA’s Bradley Snyder placed first in prelims with a time of 26.06. He is followed closely going into finals by China’s Bozun Yang and Russia’s Henri Herbst.

Women’s S11 50M Freestyle

China continued the prelim session with yet another swimmer qualifying for finals. Guihzi Li set a Paralympic record with a time of 30.89. The previous record was a time of 30.94 held by Italy’s Cecilia Camellini. In addition to Li, China will send two more athletes into this final. Qing Xie and Liwen Cai will both be competing in tonight’s final session of the 50M Free.

Men’s S10 100M Butterfly

Ukraine will hold the top two seeds in the final of this event tonight. Denys Dubrov set new paralympic and world records with a time of 55.29. The previous record was 55.99 held by Andre Brasil. Dubrov’s teammate Maksym Krypak took second in prelims also breaking the previous world record with a time of 55.54.

Women’s S10 100M Butterfly

Prelims of this event got off to a fast start when world  and paralympic record holder Sophie Pascoe broke her own Paralympic record with a time of 1:04.37. She is seeded first going into finals with China’s Yi Chen and Spain’s Isabel Yinghua Hernandez Santos seeded second and third, respectively.

Men’s S9 100M Freestyle

Australia and Hungary will both send two swimmers to the finals heat of this event. Australia’s Timothy Disken and Brenden Hall took the top two seeds, while Hungary’s Tamas Toth and Tamas Sors are seeded third and seventh respectively.

Women’s S9 100M Freestyle

USA’s Michelle Konkoly finished first with a time of 1:01.46–only .02 seconds off of the current Paralympic record. Finishing second was Spain’s Sarai Gascon with a time of 1:03.36. Taking the third seed for finals was Australia’s Ellie Cole with a time of 1:03.40.

Men’s SM6 200M IM

China will be sending three swimmers to the final heat of this race. World record holder Quing Xu will be seeded fifth in the final heat. His teammates Hong Yang and Hongguang Jia are seeded second and fourth, respectively.

Women’s SM6 200M IM

Great Britain’s Eleanor Simmonds set a new Paralympic record with a time of 3:02.40. She shattered her own previous record of 3:05.29 from the London Paralympics

Men’s S7 50 Butterfly

Ukraine will send three athletes to finals of this event. Ievgenii Bogodaiko finished first with a time of 30.74. His teammate KOZLENKO Andriy Kozlenko came in second with a time of 31.23. Marian Kvasnytsia also of Ukrine qualified for the finals heat with a time of 33.07.

Women’s S7 50 Butterfly

The United States will send two swimmers for this finals heat. Cortney Jordan qualified with a time of 36.51. Her teammate McKenzie Coan qualified with a time of 37.54.


Finals for these events will take place Monday September 12 at 4:30 PM Eastern Time.

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Watch the hype video of Konkoly and tell me that she’s an S9. She’s as able bodied as any other swimmer competing in USA swimming. Watch her underwater, getting on the blocks unassisted. The Paralympic movement has shot itself in the foot. No one really cares anymore, because any authenticity has disappeared.


Aweful aweful aweful. IPC please explain how an athlete with 4 strong working limbs could possibly be a 9!? I watched the underwater footage and found it hard to digest how harsh this is on genuine S9s. Gascon and Cole had no chance before they even left the blocks. It is also a disgrace that Du Toit’s world record was broken. Du Toit will always be the wr holder of this event in my mind until an athlete belonging in the S9 class breaks it.


I like Konkoly and her story. She did nothing wrong to cheat her class and she worked hard to improve. I think if she was fully able bodied and she worked this hard she would do a 56 or 57 100 free. I can see she is probably an s10 though but she has one race left now and she is probably retiring.


Her fastest 100 SCY time at Georgetown was a 53.15. In a LCM conversion, that’s a 1:00.59, so she’s pretty much as fast as she was as a NCAA able bodied swimmer. I wouldn’t call that an S9.

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