2019 WORLD PARA SWIMMING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
- September 9-15, 2019
- London Aquatics Centre, London, England
- Prelims 10 a.m. local time/finals 6 p.m.
- Full results
Nate Williams contributed to this report.
After her first win of the 2019 World Para Swimming World Championships, SwimSwam caught up with United States Paralympian McKenzie Coan, and she broke down what the swim meant to her.
“That was for the little girl in the little purple wheelchair at swim meets who swam her first 500, or 400 free, and just fell in love with it,” she said. “So I thought of her, and I did that for her.”
Coan won the 400 Tuesday in 5:09.58, six seconds ahead of American teammate and second-place finisher Ahalya Lettenberger (5:15.90). The 22-year-old Coan won three gold medals at the 2016 Paralympics and four at Worlds in 2017.
“I’ve learned how to sprint, but I’m a distance girl at heart,” Coan added. “I love to dive in, and get into my rhythm, and just go.”