2019 World Para Swimming World Championships
- September 9-15, 2019
- London Aquatics Centre, London, England
- Prelims 10 a.m. local time/finals 6 p.m.
- Full results
Following her win in the women’s S8 100 free on the first night of the 2019 World Para Swimming World Championships, SwimSwam caught up with Great Britain’s Alice Tai.
In a span of three years, Tai has been classed down from an S10 to an S9, and from there to an S8. She won the 2019 World Para Swimming World Series after breaking several world records in her new class. Tai, 20, was born with bilateral tilapes (club feet) and underwent numerous surgeries as a child.
When asked about the reclassification, Tai lamented that she is quite far ahead of the field, generally. In her race Monday night, she nearly matched her world record, going 1:03.77) and beat silver medalist Jessica Long by 2.5 seconds; Long and the fifth-place finisher Cecilia Eronimo de Araujo were separated by less than a second.
“It can be kind of annoying because I love a good, gritting-your-teeth sort of race,” Tai said. “But at the end of the day, it’s the IPC’s decision.”