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
S13, Women’s 400m freestyle
Team USA’s Becca Meyers is the reigning world champion, but ranked second in the world to Ukraine’s Anna Stetsenko. However, Meyer’s personal best is also the world record. Meyers, who trains at North Baltimore Aquatic Club with Jessica Long, home of Michael Phelps, is a distance swimmer at heart and has not been tested in 2016, but she will be ready for this race.
S11, Men’s 50m freestyle
Bradley Snyder, of Team USA, took silver to Bozun Yang of China at the 2012 London Games. Snyder is ranked first in the world this year, but he will have to stay off the lane lines to beat Yang. Snyder, a blind swimmer, struggles with hitting the lane line with his stroke. All swimmers in this classification must wear opaque goggles and must try to stay in the center of their lane to maintain speed. There is no penalty for hitting the lane line, but it will slow you down. There is little margin for error in a 50m freestyle.
S10, Men’s 100m butterfly
Andre Brasil, of Brazil, considers the 100m butterfly his signature event, but he fell to Ukraine’s Denys Dubrov at last year’s IPC World Championship. Brasil also lost to Dubrov’s teammate Maksym Krypak in Berlin this past June, 2016. Krypak was first classified in the Berlin meet.
Both he and Dubrov swam on the able-bodied Ukrainian National Team. Dubrov’s personal best, if he swims anything close to it in Rio, will crush Brasil’s world record by several seconds. Information regarding Dubrov and Krypak’s disabilities has not been made public.
S9, Women’s 100m freestyle
Michelle Konkoly of Team USA broke two world records (S9 50m and 100m freestyle) at theUSA Paralympic Trials in June. Konkoly did not make the London Paralympic team, but continued to train and won silver at the 2015 IPC World Championships in the 100m freestyle. Konkoly will have to beat the current Paralympic and world champion, Ellie Cole of Australia.
Konkoly reports that these Games will be her first and last as she has been accepted to medical school and plans to matriculate in 2017. With South Africas Natalie Du Tout retired from the S9 class, these events will be up for grabs.
S7, Women’s 50m butterfly
Cortney Jordan, of Team USA, has not won a gold medal in the Paralympic Games since Beijing. She won four silver medals and a bronze in London and she was second in this event at the 2015 IPC World Championships to New Zealand’s Nakita Howarth. Cortney, currently ranked second in the world to Howarth, may call it a career after Rio as she has accepted a position as a 4th grade elementary school teacher and will begin teaching immediately after the Rio Games.
McKenzie Coan of Team USA is currently ranked 5th in this event and may sneak in for a medal.