Italy topped the medal table for the second straight World Para Swimming Championships. Italy’s Simone Barlaam(above) can be seen celebrating his world record
Gabriel Bandeira broke the 200 IM SM14 world record to win his second gold medal of the meet and close the gap between the U.S. and Brazil in medal standings
Barlaam crushed his own 100 free S9 world record by .8 to win gold for Italy, helping further establish their dominance on the medal table after day four.
USA’s team of Ellie Marks, Leanne Smith, Abbas Karimi, and Rudy Garcia-Tolson (above) shaved .10 off China’s World record in the 4×50 mixed medley relay.
After winning seven medals at the 2019 Worlds, Alice Tai will return to competition for the first time since having her leg amputated in January 2022.
USA’s Jessica Long became a 27-time Paralympic medalist while CAN’s Aurelie Rivard, BRA’s Maria Gomes Santiago, and CHN’s Zheng Tao picked up more golds.
A trio of Paralympic records fell on day 8 prelims. Among them was Italy’s Antonio Fantin, who bettered his S6 men’s 100 FR two-day-old Paralympic mark.
Belarus’ Ihar Boki took the SM13 men’s 200 IM on day six, his 4th gold in Tokyo and 15th career Paralympic title. His swim was among nine World records too.
Out of the S3 women’s 100 free heats, S1 swimmer Elif Ildem put up a new Paralympic class record of 3:17.54, one of six fallen Paralympic records on day six.
Dominant S13 swimmer Ihar Boki of Belarus won his second title in Tokyo with a 100 back world record of 56.36, his 13th career Paralympic title.
Ukraine’s Yelyzaveta Mereshko took about one-third of a second off the SM6 200 IM world record, set by Great Britain’s Maisie Summers-Newton in 2019.
Brazil’s Daniel Dias announced that Tokyo will be his 4th and final Paralympic Games. He is set to defend his S5 50 back title for the 4th Games in a row.
Karolina Pelendritou broke two of the 18 World Records that fell during the 2021 World Para Swimming World Series Finale in Berlin over the weekend.
Tai has now won the women’s S8 400 free, 100 fly, 100 back and 100 free this week in London. She was classed down from S9 to S8 last year.