2022 SUMMER DEAFLYMPICS SWIMMING
- May 2-9, 2022
- Recreio da Juventude, Caxias du Sol, BRA
- LCM (50m)
On the final day of the 2022 Deaflympics, USA’s Carli Cronk continued to rake in the Gold medals, taking the women’s 400 free in 4:29.19. The swim was good for Cronk to get her hand on the wall over 6 seconds ahead of anyone else in the field. Poland’s Julia Dragan picked up another medal herself, winning Silver with a 4:35.53. Italian Noemi Canino earned Bronze with a 4:40.83.
American Matthew Klotz won the men’s 50 free in 23.45, getting his hand on the wall ahead of Ukraine’s Illia Sultanov (23.73). Klotz was just a bit off his own Deaf World Record mark of 23.14, which he set in 2018. Germany’s Lars Kochmann won Bronze with a 24.68.
In the men’s 200 fly, Poland’s Konrad Powroznik established the early lead, hanging on to win the race in 2:08.05. Argentina grabbed a medal with Llanos Emanuel finishing 2nd in 2:10.61, while Ukraine’s Rostyslav Yakubovskyi touching 3rd in 2:12.36.
Italy won one last Gold medal in the women’s 50 fly, where Sara Maragno clocked a 29.08, finishing as the only swimmer in the field under 30 seconds. Ukraine, who have had an incredible Games, picked up two more medals in the event, with Daria Tarasenko and Iryna Tereshchenko coming in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
In the final event of the session and the meet, the mixed 4×100 medley relay, the U.S. took over towards the end, finishing nearly 3 seconds ahead of runner-up Ukraine. Matthew Klotz led the team off in 57.26, and was followed by Daniel Pletenets with a 1:10.55 on the breast leg. Carli Cronk swam fly for the Americans, splitting 1:01.20, then Brooke Thompson anchored in 59.48. The U.S. finished in 4:08.49, with Ukraine touching 2nd at 4:11.20 and Poland 3rd in 4:17.92.
For Cronk, the medal in the relay marked her 12th Gold of these Deaflympics, setting a new single Games record for the Deaflympics.