2017 DEAFLYMPICS – SWIMMING
- July 20th-July 26th, 2017
- Samsun, Turkey
Russia built their total to 11 gold and 21 total medals in just 20 events through 3 days of the 2017 Deaflympics.
The Americans also won their 2nd gold medal of the week when Matthew Klotz set another Deaf World Record. His was one of 6 Deaflympics and 4 World Records set on Saturday.
After breaking the 50 backstroke record on Thursday, on Saturday he also cleared his own 200 backstroke Deaflympics and Deaf Swimming World Records with a 2:01.96. That improved upon his own lifetime best of 2:02.54, done at last year’s U.S. Olympic Trials, by half-a-second. The old Deaflympics Record was done by him as well in 2013 at 2:07.43. The time also makes him one of the 30 fastest Americans in the event this year.
Russia had four of the six Deaflympics Records on the day. Olga Kljuchnikova won the women’s 200 IM in 2:19.35. That was good to break both her Deaflympics Record and World Record of 2:22.79 set in prelims.
Andrei Zhivaev won the men’s 50 fly in 24.75, which broke the Deaflympics and Deaf Swimming World Records of 24.82 done at the 2009 Deaflympics. Klotz took silver in 25.65 and has all three American medals at the meet.
Another Deaflympics and Deaf Swimming World Record came in the women’s 400 free relay, where Russia swam 3:54.73 to break Belarus’ old mark of 3:58.66.
Russia’s Miron Denisov broke the Deaflympics Record in the men’s 100 free final, swimming a 51.51. The top three finishers all were under the 2009 Deaflympics Record set by Italy’s Luca Germano at 52.19.
Belarus’ Aksana Petrushenka won the women’s 200 breaststroke in another Deflympics Reocrd. She swam 2:35.90, to win the race by over 8 seconds and break her own record from 2013 of 2:36.33. She came up two-tenths short of her own Deaf Swimming World Record in the event.
Other Day 3 Winners:
- Great Britain’s Danielle Joyce won the women’s 50 free in 26.38.
Medals Table After Day 3: