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
Elizabeth Marks won Gold in the SB7 100 meter breaststroke at the 2016 Paralympic Games. Finishing with a time of 1:28.13, Marks broke the American and world records formerly held by teammate Jessica Long. In prelims that day, she had already finished first in prelims with a time of 1:28.83 earning her a Paralympic Record.
With a time putting her over four seconds ahead of second place, Marks received her first Paralympic medal. Long came in second, winning silver with a time of 1:32.94. The Netherlands’ Lisa den Braber took bronze with a time of 1:34.66.
Marks is an active-duty member of the US Army. She is one of four American active-duty soldiers competing in the Paralympic Games. In 2010 Marks was serving as a combat medic in Iraq where she suffered bilateral hip injuries. After undergoing three hip operations, she began swimming as part of her rehabilitation. She trained at the Brooke Army Medical Center in Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
In 2012 an illness caused her lung capacity to decrease, giving her vision problems when she swims. In 2014, she competed in the London Invictus Games where she nearly died from a respiratory infection. After recovering, she competed in the 2015 CanAm Paraswimming Championships where she won a bronze medal.
At the 2016 Invictus Games, Marks won a total of four gold medals. She later gave one of the medals to Prince Harry, the founder of the Invictus Games. She asked him to present the medal to the Papworth Hospital-the hospital that saved her life during the 2014 Invictus Games.
According to the US Army, Marks is the first soldier in the US Army World Class Athlete Program to become a Paralympic swimmer (see full article here).