Russia’s Roman Zhdanov Breaks 11-Year-Old S4 200 Free World Record


  • September 9-15, 2019
  • London Aquatics Centre, London, England
  • Prelims 10 a.m. local time/finals 6 p.m.
  • Full results

A pair of long-standing world records fell on night six of the 2019 World Para Swimming World Championships.

Russia’s Roman Zhdanov absolutely obliterated an 11-year-old world record in the men’s S4 200 free, winning in 2:53.06. Japan’s Takayuki Suzuki was second in 2:53.22, also well under the old record of 2:53.22, which belonged to Richard Oribe from the 2008 Paralympics. New Zealand’s Cameron Leslie, in fourth, set a new Oceania record at 3:00.79.

Great Britain’s Brock Whiston broke a seven-year-old world record, going 2:35.30 to win the women’s S8 200 IM ahead of Jessica Long (2:40.26), the former record holder. Russia’s Viktoriia Ishchiulova, just 14 years old, took third in 2:45.17. The gold was Whiston’s first individual medal of the meet.

The first world record of night six went to China’s Lichao Wang in the men’s S5 50 back, where he won in 32.59. The Ukraine’s Yaroslav Semenenko was second in 34.72, a new European record.

Japan’s Dai Tokairin shaved over half a second off a four-year-old world record in the men’s SM14 200 IM, winning in 2:08.16. Great Britain’s Reece Dunn set a new European record – and was also under the previous world record – taking second in 2:08.70.

Yuyan Jiang, of China, scored the final individual world record of the day, winning the men’s S6 50 fly in 34.86.

Additional continental records broken on night six:

  • Australia’s Ahmed Kelly set a new Oceania record in the men’s SM3 150 IM at 3:03.71.
  • Uzbekistan’s Shokhsanamkhon Toshpulatova went an Asian record in the women’s S13 100 fly, going 1:03.89.
  • American Robert Griswold went an Americas record in the men’s SM8 200 IM, going 2:22.72.

Medal table after night 6 – top 5:

Rank Federation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Ukraine 16 18 14 48
2 Russia 16 12 20 48
3 Italy 15 17 11 43
4 Great Britain 15 12 12 39
5 China 12 10 13 35

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Torrey Hart

Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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