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
Chinese swimmers Liu Benying and Liankang Zou have put up one of the most stunning performances yet, in any sport, of the 2016 Summer Paralympic Games.
The S2-classified performers broke three World Records on Sunday evening in the same swim.
In IPC-sanctioned swimming, athletes have to make a special pre-race application to have split times considered as World Records (it’s more common in IPC swimming than able-bodied swimming because of the nature of turns, for example, being more of a challenge for some athletes than a benefit).
And Benying has done just that and had his 100 meter splits recognized as World Records by the IPC en route to his record-breaking 200 meter final swim.
What’s more shocking is that the swim was far-and-away clear of each of the three records.
- At the 50, Zou’s split was 50.65. The old record was 58.43 – 7 seconds slower. He broke that World Record by 13.3%. The old record was set in 2014 by Russian Dmitri Kokarev.
- At the 100, Liu touched in 1:46.63. The old record was 2:03.71 set in 2012 by then-15-year-old countrymate Yang Yang. He broke that record by 13.8%.
- At the race’s conclusion, Liu finished in 3:41.54. That’s an incredible 21 seconds better than the old World Record of 4:12.76 held again by Kokarev.
In the final touch, the 200 free, there were actually three swimmers better than the old World Record (and none of them were Kokarev, because of Russia being barred wholesale from the Paralympics). Liankang Zou, also of China, touched 2nd in 3:42.68 and Serhil Palamarchuk of Ukraine was 3rd in 3:43.69.
All three swimmers were well under the old World Records at each split. Though 4th place finisher Yang Yang (former 100 free record holder) was almost 28 seconds slower to the full race, he too was better than his old World Record at the 100 meter split.