IPC European Championships: Day 6 Preview


  • Funchal, Portugal
  • Prelims: 9:00am/Finals: 5:00pm (West European) – (4:00am/12:00pm U.S Eastern)
  • Sunday, May 1 – Saturday, May 7, 2016
  • Event page
  • Schedule/Results

With just two days remaining of the 2016 IPC Swimming European Open Championships, the last major event ahead of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, swimmers will be looking to secure their places in the record books.

Here is a guide of what to look out for on Friday (6 May) at Funchal2016.com.

Men’s 100m freestyle S5

Brazil’s 10-time Paralympic champion Daniel Dias has had a bit of a mixed competition in Funchal, missing out on several golds that he was expected to win.

That was until he broke his men’s 50m backstroke S5 world record on Thursday night.

Dias is the world and Paralympic champion in this event, unbeaten at a major Championships or Paralympic Games since 2008. He has also promised world records at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Women’s 100m freestyle S5

Spain’s Teresa Perales won her first 100m freestyle Paralympic title on her Games debut at Sydney 2000 and like Dias, has won gold at every Paralympic Games since.

At the European Championships, Perales will be looking for her second individual gold of the week in her favourite event.

However Norway’s Sarah Louise Rung has occupied the top spot on the podium ahead of Perales four times in Funchal.

Women’s 100m breaststroke SB9

Spain’s Sarai Gascon is currently the most decorated athlete at the 2016 Euros. With four individual and one relay gold, the 23-year-old has not lost a race.

This event will be her final swim and she will be aiming to finish on a high.

However the Netherlands’ Chantalle Zijderveld, a youngster at the age of 15, is the reigning world and European champion in the 100m breaststroke SB9, and the new world record holder as of April this year.

Swimming news courtesy of IPC Swimming. 

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Stephen Parsons

Stephen's swimming journey has taken him all across the Southeastern United States. Starting out at the Flowood, MS based Sunkist Swim Team, he made the transition to Auburn, AL where he competed the remainder of his high school years with Auburn Aquatics. His college career began at Daytona State College under the …

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