Dadaon Sets S4 200 Free World Record, Ukraine Overtakes Italy at Para Euros


  • May 16th – 22nd, 2021
  • Penteada Swimming Complex, Funchal, Madeira
  • Long Course Meters (50m)
  • Prelims @9:30am local time
  • Finals @5:30pm local time
  • Live Results
  • Live Stream

The rapid pace at which swimmers have been crushing World Records calmed down a bit on the penultimate day of the 2021 World Para Swimming European Championships where we saw one World Record, an Americas Record and a huge shift in team standings.

In the men’s 200 free S4 final, Israel’s Ami Omer Dadaon took down Roman Zhdanov‘s World Record of 2:53.06 from 2019  by about 1.3 seconds. 20-year-old Dadaon won gold with a time of 2:51.80 while Russian Zhdanov finished in 2nd place in the final (2:54.74).

Brazil’s Gabriel Bandeira won gold in the men’s 100 free S14 final with a time of 51.60 to set another Americas Record, his 5th Americas Record of the meet. He rattled the World Record as well, coming within .08 of Reece Dunn‘s record in the event from 2019.

After day five, Italy topped the medals table with 57 total medals, 23 of which were gold, to Ukraine’s 61 total medals, 21 of which were gold. Ukraine earned 9 gold medals on day six, surpassing Italy both in their gold medal count and in their total medal count.

Ukraine had a strong finish on day six, winning the mixed 4×100 freestyle by 2.5 seconds over 2nd place team Spain to end the finals session.

Italy had three gold-medal finishes today and earned 12 medals in total while Ukraine had nine gold-medal finishes and earned 22 medals in total.

Going into the final day of competition, Ukraine’s lead seems substantial but there is a new potential battle between Italy and the Russian Federation for 2nd place. Russia is behind by 4 gold medals, but ahead in the total medal count after they had six gold-medal finishes today and they earned 16 medals altogether.

Top 5 Teams After Day 6

Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Ukraine 30 29 24 83
2 Italy 26 24 19 69
3 Russian Federation 22 24 27 73
4 Spain 11 14 16 41
5 Hungary 8 1 2 11

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About Annika Johnson

Annika Johnson

Annika came into the sport competitively at age eight, following in the footsteps of her twin sister and older brother. The sibling rivalry was further fueled when all three began focusing on distance freestyle, forcing the family to buy two lap counters. Annika is a three-time Futures finalist in the 200 …

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