2016 Rio Paralympics: Day 5 Preview


  • 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

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.

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4 years ago

day 4 was the worst for USa only one bronze medal after pretty solid day 3. Day 5 it looks like some solid medal chances. Snyder and Myers, Konkoly. Jordan hope she wins this.

4 years ago

Dubrov and Krypak are making a mockery of these games. Why are the IPC and the mainstream media doing nothing about it? Disgusting.

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4 years ago

Along with the main culprits representing IM from Australia …. Maddison Elliott and Lakeisha Patterson. It is beyond me why the IPC have not addressed IM. I find it very difficult to believe that they viewed 16 cases in swimming and could not prove 1 of them. Lies. They didn’t want to find IM, so they didn’t. I have no clue how to engage main stream media. It’s all ooohs and aaahs & inspirational stuff. No one seems willing to ask the tough questions. If you have any ideas or media contacts, please do share. Stronger together and all that.

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4 years ago

Perfect paralympian HA HA HA what a joke. If only you knew.

4 years ago

Coaches need to step up and demand that their chef de mission challenge the classifications on the two Ukrainians. This is unacceptable. And it has been known all year, and last year. Sven Decaesstecker sounded out right proper about it when Dubrov took down his 200IM record in Eindhoven. Others have stood up and said something and there is no way in heck this is either by the rules or ethically/morally right. This needs to be stopped. Dubrov broke records with the S10 100m butterfly and the times from him and Krypak are obscene in this class. Just wrong.