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
The podium in the men’s 200 IM final in the SM10 class was a clean sweep for swimmers from the Paralympic powerhouse Ukraine, which was led by a 2:06.87 World Record from Denys Dubrov.
That broke his own World Record of 2:08.71 done earlier this year. His countrymate Maksym Krypak was also under the old record in 2:08.10.
Dubrov is a controversial figure in Para swimming; in 2014, he went from an able-bodied swimmer with truly world-class times, to an IPC European Champion swimmer, in just a few months (and without any public explanation).
At the 2014 Ukrainian Championships, Dubrov swam 2:03.3 in the 200 IM and 53.66 in the 100 fly. In August, a mere 4 months later, he won the IPC European title in 2:15.05 and was 3rd in the 100 fly in 58.53.
His career bests in those events are 52.21 (100 fly) and 2:01.21 (200 IM).
Canadian veteran Benoit Huot, the defending Paralympic champion in the event, placed 4th and joked that he was “number one in the world – other than Ukraine.”
Huot tried to stay positive after the race, and said as much that he didn’t want to be negative, but he did allude to the controversy.
“So he’s closer to Michael Phelps than I am to him, just to give you an idea. So he is, for us, pretty much unbeatable. I just think they are good athletes and in the bottom of my heart, I just hope it’s a fair system and everyone fits their (classification) place, and I trust the movement that it is.”