Teenager Maisie Summers-Newton Wins 1st World Title in World Record Fashion

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

Day three of the 2019 World Para Swimming World Championships saw four world records fall, as well as numerous meet records.

Great Britain’s Maisie Summers-Newton, 17, hit the first world mark of the night, winning the women’s SM6 200 IM in 2:57, 24, just under her own previous record. She was the only contestant under 3:00, as Ukrainian Yelyzaveta Mereshko finished second in 3:00.83 and Lingling Song (China) third in 3:03.01.

In the following event, the men’s SB14 100 breast, winner Naohide Yamaguchi, of Japan, also went a world record time. He took gold in 1:04.95, followed by Great Britain’s Scott Quin in 1:05.46. Behind him was Marc Evers (Netherlands) in 1:07.03.

China’s Jia Ma won the women’s SB11 100 breast in 1:22.36, also a new world record. She was well ahead of second-place finisher Liesette Bruinsma (Netherlands), who went 1:25.59. Yana Berezhna, of the Ukraine, rounded out the podium in 1:27.50.

Colombian Carlos Zarate Serrano notched the final world record of the night, winning the men’s SB7 100 breast by more than five seconds. He went 1.11.31, taking 1.19 seconds off his own previous mark. Russia’s Egor Efrosinin took silver in 1:16.55 – a new European record – and Blake Cochrane, of Australia, third in 1:18.06.

In all, 15 meet records went down on day three.

Additional continental records from night 3:

  • Russia’s Roman Zhdanov hit a European record in prelims, going 2:28.11 in the men’s SM4 150 IM.

Day 3 Medal Table – Top 5

Rank Federation Gold Silver Bronze Toal
1 Italy 10 7 6 23
2 Great Britain 9 8 9 26
3 Russia 9 7 10 26
4 Ukraine 7 11 7 25
5 China 7 3 5 15

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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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