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
7 more World Records were broken on Thursday evening in Rio de Janeiro, the 8th night of swimming competition at the 2016 Paralympic Games.
The two highlights among them was a 3rd gold medal and a new World Record from Auriele Rivard of Canada; and a win and record-setting swim from American superstar Brad Snyder in his best event the 100 free.
In the S10 400 free, Rivard swam a 4:29.96, which put her more than a body-length ahead of the World Record line at the finish. This after missing her own record (but still taking gold) in her favorite event the 100 free earlier in the meet.
The old record in the 400 was a 4:32.79 done by Frenchwoman Elodie Lorandi at the 2013 World Championships. Lorandi took bronze in Thursday’s race, three seconds short of her best time.
The other headlining record was that of American Brad Snyder, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, in the men’s S11 100 free.
The 100 free has been arguably Snyder’s best event throughout his international career, but until Thursday the World Record alluded him. That’s because it belonged to one John Morgan, another American who 30 years and 6 days earlier swam a 56.67.
Snyder went under that mark by half-a-second, with a 56.15 as his final winning and record-breaking swim. That’s Snyder’s 3rd Paralympic gold medal this week 4th medal this year overall.
Thursday’s other World Records:
- Ievgeni Bogodaiko of the Ukraine in the Men’s SB6 100 breaststroke (1:18.71)
- Maksym Krypak of the Ukraine in the men’s S10 400 freestyle (3:57.71)
- China’s Wenpan Huang in the men’s S3 200 free (3:09.04)
- China’s Zou Liankang broke the men’s S2 World Record (47.17)
Other Day 8 Winners:
- Dimosthenis Michalentzakis of Greece won his country’s first Paralympic swimming medal of 2016 (of any color) by taking gold in the men’s S9 100 fly. He finished in 59.27, leading a podium that were all under 1 minute. Michalentzakis’ time was a new Paralympic Record.
- China’s Jialing Xu won the women’s S9 100 fly in 1:07.90.
- Tiffany Thomas Kane was unable to break her World Record in the women’s SB6 100 breaststroke, but she did win the race and break the Paralympic record in 1:35.39. American Sophia Herzog took silver in 1:36.95.
- Sarah Louise Rung of NOrway took the women’s SM5 200 IM in 3:15.83. That put her over 20 seconds ahead of her next-closest competitor in the race. The majority of the distance came in the breaststroke swim, were a 4+ second lead became an 18+ second lead.
- Xie Qing of China won the women’s S11 100 free in 1:08.03. Her countrymate Guizhi Li (1:08.31) and the Netherlands’ Liesette Bruinsma (1:08.55) were 2nd and 3rd, respectively.
- Ukraine got another gold in the men’s S1 50 backstroke final, which was won by Hennadii Boiko.
- Singapore’s Pin Xiu Yip won the women’s S2 50 backstroke final
- Both Australia and the United States were faster than the World Record in the women’s 34-point 400 free relay, and the Australian team of Ellie Cole (S9), Lakeisha Patterson (S8), Maddison Elliott (S8), and Ashleigh McConnell (S9) combined for the victory in 4:16.65 – three-and-a-half seconds better than the Americans, and by a similar margin faster than their own World Record from the 2012 Paralympics.