Mexico, Brazil Post Podium Sweeps at Parapan Ams Night 2


  • Villa Deportiva Nacional – Videna, Lima, Peru
  • Para-Swimming: August 25th – August 29th
  • Prelims 11 AM / Finals 8:30 PM (local time/US Central Time)
  • Official Website
  • Live results

Night two of the 2019 Parapan American Games saw Brazil tie its 15-medal performance from night one, and add a podium sweep. Mexico, which notched a sweep on the first night, added two more.

Mexico’s first podium sweep came in the men’s S3 200 free. Diego Lopez Diaz set a meet record by a whopping 42-plus seconds to win the event in 3:40.78. He was nearly 27 seconds ahead of silver medalist Marcos Zarate Rodriguez, who finished in 4:07.22. Their teammate Luis Burgos Godínez took third in 5:01.76.

Team Mexico’s second sweep of the night again involved Lopez Diaz and Zarate Rodriguez. Lopez Diaz won the men’s SM3 150 IM 2:57.50, three seconds under the prior meet record. Jose Castorena Velez took silver in 3:08.97 and Zarate Rodriguez bronze in 3:18.61.

Brazil’s sweep came in the men’s S9 50 free, a tight race led by Ruiter Goncalvez Silva, who set a meet record in prelims at 26.36. In finals, he took gold in 26.37, followed by Joao Rumond Olivia in 26.42. Vanilton do Nascimento Filho rounded out the all-Brazilian podium in 26.67.

Other notable performances:

  • Mexico’s Matilde Alcazar Figueroa took 47 seconds off the previous meet record in the women’s S11 400 free, going 5:35.91 to win the event.
  • American Lizzi Smith broke the meet record in women’s S9 50 free in prelims and finals. She was 29.69 in the morning and 29.55 to take gold at night. Brazil’s Joana Jaciara da Silva did the same in the S5 race, going 38.82 in the morning and 38.05 at night.
  • Chile’s Vicente Almonacid Heyl won the men’s SB8 100 breast final in 1:13.14, over 5.5 seconds under the previous meet record.

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1 year ago

Wow! Just one American came away with a medal last night?

1 year ago

You are missing a lot of great swims by the Americans. Very dissapointed in swimswams coverage of such a big meet for these paralympians.

Reply to  FlyGuy
1 year ago

FlyGuy – if you want to read an Americans-only recap of the day, they’re available on the USOPC website. Here’s the recap for day 2:

1 year ago

There is a large team at the meet for USA. It is also a young team and it would be great to have more of their names mentioned in the next recap.

Reply to  Taa
1 year ago

Hi Taa – if you want to read about all of the US swims, I suggest that you head over to the USOPC’s recaps, as they’ll probably give you more of what you’re looking for:

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