2016 Rio Paralympics: Day 1 Finals Recap


  • 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
  • Schedule/Results

Men’s S6 100 Backstroke

China’s Tao Zheng blew away the field and the world record to reclaim the Paralympic title and capture gold. Zheng had won the event in London and was looking to repeat. His time of 1:10.84 broke the world record that was set earlier today by his Chinese teammate Hongguang Jia (1:12.27). Jia couldn’t quite get back to the time he swum this morning, but his 1:13.42 was good enough for silver. Laroslav Semenko of Ukraine claimed the bronze medal with his time of 1:15.41


Women’s S6 100 Backstroke

In an exciting finish, China’s Lingling Song just barely out-touched teammate Dong Lu to claim the gold and retake the world record that was set earlier this morning by Dong Lu.  Song’s 1:21.43 and Dong’s 1:21.65 were both well under the previous world, Paralympic, and Asian Records. Ukraine’s Oksana Khrul took bronze in 1:26.82. China has now taken Gold and Silver in the first two events of the competition.


Men’s S8 400 Freestyle

Ollie Hynd led from the start and never looked back. He cruised to the win in a time of 4:21.89, which lowers his own world record and European Record, but also breaks his brother Sam’s Paralympic record from 2008. China swept the next two places with Haijiao Xu taking silver in 4:25.65 and Yinan Wang winning bronze with a 4:32.78. Robert Griswold of The United Sates came in 5th place with a time of 4:36.26, a few seconds faster than his morning swim.


Women’s S8 400 Freestyle

Lakeisha Patterson has pulled the upset of the Paralympics games so far, defeating 3-time 400-meter freestyle Paralympic Champion Jessica Long. Patterson not only won gold, but she broke the world, Paralympic, and Oceanic records. Patterson took the lead over Long around the 200-meter mark and never looked back. Her time of 4:40.33 just barely clips Long’s previous world record of 4:40.44. Long finished second with a time of 4:47.82 and Great Britain’s Stephanie Millward took the bronze with a time of 4:49.49. American Brickelle Bro finished 7th in the final.


Men’s SB9 100 Breastroke

Kevin Paul of South Africa reclaimed his gold medal from Beijing with a winning time of 1:04.86. Denys Dubrov of Ukraine took silver in 1:05.10 and Duncan van Haaren of the Netherlands took the bronze with a time of 1:06.54.


Women’s SB9 100 Breastroke

Lisa Kruger of the Netherlands was just off her world record time from this morning, but was still able to claim gold with a time of 1:15.49. Harriet Lee of Great Britain took silver in 1:16.87 and Kruger’s teammate Chantelle Zijderveld took the bronze with a time of 1:17.01


Men’s S4 100 Freestyle

Seong Jo Gi of South Korea claimed the gold medal with a time of 1:23.36. He was well ahead of the silver and bronze positions, which went to Zhipeng Jin of China (1:26.05) and Michael Schoenmaker of the Netherlands (1:26.88), respectively.


Women’s S3 100 Freestyle

Zulfiya Gabidullina of Kazakhstan blew away the field and smashed the world, Paralympic, and European records on her way to gold. Her time of 1:30.07 bested the previous world record of 1:34.86, which she also held. Qiuping Peng of China took the silver in 1:34.71 and Olga Sviderska of Ukraine took bronze, breaking the European record with her time of 1:34.86.


Men’s S14 100 Backstroke

Lee In Kook of South Korea took down 2012 Paralympic champion Marc Evers of the Netherlands. Kook was the only man under the minute barrier with a time of 59.82. Evers took second with a time of 1:00.63 and Japan’s Takuya Tsugawa won the bronze in 1:03.42.


Women’s S14 100 Backstroke

Bethany Firth of Great Britain claimed gold in a world, Paralympic and European record time of 1:04.05, besting the mark she set earlier this morning. Firth repeats as champion after claiming gold in this event back in London, however, he represented Ireland in 2012. Marlou Van Der Kulk of the Netherlands took silver in 1:06.33 and Jessica-Jane Applegate of Great Britain took the bronze in 1:08.67.


Men’s S13 100 Butterfly

Ihar Boki of Belarus blew away the field in route to defending his gold medal from London in this event while also smashing his own world, Paralympic, and European records. His time of 53.85 blew away the rest of the field. Uzbekistan took silver and bronze with Kirill Pankov winning silver in 56.84 and Muzaffar Tursunkhujaev taking bronze in 57.26.


Women’s S13 100 Butterfly

Rebecca Meyers of the United States finished with a late surge to win gold and demolish the world, Paralympic and American record with her time of 1:03.25. That time broke the world record time of 1:04.72 set by Fotimakhon Amilova this morning in prelims. Uzbekistan took silver and bronze with Muslima Odilova winning silver in 1:04.92 and Fotimakhon Amilova taking bronze in 1:04.93.


Men’s S5 200 Freestyle

Hometown favorite Daniel Dias of Brazil took the gold in front of his home crowd with a time of 2:27.88. His time was fast, but just off his Paralympic and world record. Roy Perkins of the United States claimed silver with a time of 2:38.56 and Andrew Mullen of Great Britain took the bronze with a time of 2:40.65.


Women’s S5 200 Freestyle


In another big upset, Sarah Louis Rung of Norway failed to defend her gold medal from London. China’s Zhang Li claimed the gold with a winning time of 2:48.33, with Spain’s Teresa Perales taking silver in 2:50.91 and Sarah Louise Rung falling to bronze with a time of 2:51.37.


Men’s S7 100 Backstroke

Ievgenii Bogodaiko of Ukraine denied Jonathan Fox of Great Britain the opportunity to defend his 2012 Paralympic gold. Bogodaiko took the win with a time of 1:10.55, with Fox close behind swimming a time of 1:10.78. The Brazilian crowd was going wild for their native swimmer Italo Pereira who snuck in to claim a bronze with a time of 1:12.48.


Women’s S7 100 Backstroke

China took gold and silver to close out the first finals session. Liting Ke claimed gold with a time of 1:23.06 to out touch her teammate Ying Zhang who swam a time of 1:23.34. Rebecca Dubber of New Zealand prevent the Chinese sweep by taking bronze with a time of 1:23.85.



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