World Records Continue to Tumble at Para European Champs Day 2


  • August 13th-19th, 2018
  • National Aquatic Centre, Dublin, Ireland
  • LCM
  • Live Results

After four world records fell Monday, four more fell Tuesday at the 2018 Para Swimming European Championships, along with two European records.

In prelims, Andrew Mullen set a new European record in the S5 50 back, going 36.93. He was the previous record holder at 37.01. However, a heat later, Ukrainian Yaroslav Semenenko went 34.80 to break the world (and thus European) record.

16-year-old Maise Summers-Newton took down the SM6 world record in the 200 IM, winning in 2:59.60. She was the only swimmer under 3:00.

Great Britain’s Thomas Hamer broke his own S14 200 free world records, winning the event in 1:55.71; his previous record was 1:55.88. In second was teammate Jordan Catchpole in 1:59.64.

In the men’s S9 100 free, Italy’s Simone Barlaam broke his own European record in 54.42. He was well under his previous record of 56.09, but still a few tenths off Australian Rowan Crothers‘ 54.18 world record.

The Ukraine also won the men’s 4×50 20 point medley relay in world record fashion, going 2:39.29. Italy was second 2:48.35.

Top 5 Nations after Day 2

Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Ukraine 10 10 5 25
2 Italy 8 6 6 20
3 Great Britain 5 5 5 15
4 Spain 3 6 7 16
5 Netherlands 3 4 2 9


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The guy has to be in the wrong class breaking a record by two seconds in a 50




give him a break. He is missing both arms.


Are all the double arm amputees now in the S5 category? The IPC classification descriptions clearly states that double arm amputees are in the S6 category. This guy won a bronze medal in rio competing in the S6 category so he should not have any reason to be moved down to the S5 category except for……Ukraine. All makes sense now.


Literally, no one cares about fake sport. Too many of these athletes are total frauds and the IPC thinks we’ll just be wowed by the fast times? We are awe-struck by their ability to ruin a movement and lose all credibility.
Ukraine… So sad for the movement and the athletes that deserve the platform (Jessica Long, Ollie Hynde, Daniel Diaz, etc.).


This website plays right into this by making world records the main headline. I think the IPC goes for the easy headline when they move already fast swimmers down to a lower class. You see this happen over and over again. The records have no meaning when the swimmers are so easily moved around to a different class and the level of disability in a class changes so drastically from say 10or 15years ago.


IPC swimming need new people and head persons. Imago and athletes with clearly rare disability human rights must recovery(including Brenda Tilk).


I agree. But we do care about our swimmers, all of them not just those who reach the dias. They all deserve the opportunity to participate in fair sport. The IPC, Parsons in particular, needs to take a good long hard look internally and get rid of ‘key’ staff. I hope the handling of the Lakeisha Patterson IM case comes back to bite them hard. We are fed up with pre-arranged staged ‘shows’ and turning a blind eye to blatant cheating. It is despicable and unethical behaviour and they are answerable to no-one. Why does Craig Spence need an enormous media Department when there is barely any staff involved with classification and Intentional Misrepresentation – and the cry lack of… Read more »


If you think Ollie Hynds swimming as an S9 is in the wrong place then you have no idea, he has benefitted from being in the wrong class for years.
Any swimmer that regularly beat the opposition by 20secs plus and no finds he has to work harder to win was wrongly classified.

His mum has just put on fb “ if only the whole truth came out “ well after watching him poolside over many years he was never an S8

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