Swimming: Day 10 preview17.09.2016
The last day of action (17 September) from the Aquatics Stadium is set to produce more memorable performances.
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The world’s best swimmers will take to the pool for the last time at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
The list of world records so far is as long as Daniel Dias’ career medal haul and the Brazilian idol will look to add to that tally to round off a great week for the hosts in the pool.
Men’s 100m freestyle S5
Women’s 100m freestyle S6
Ukraine’s Yelyzaveta Mereshko won the 2015 world title in a new world record time, improving the mark twice in one day having also taken it down in the heats. Will the Paralympic debutant have enough left in the tank after 10 days of gruelling competition to lower it once again?
Men’s 100m backstroke S13
Aside from Brazil’s Daniel Dias, Belarusian Paralympic champion Ihar Boki will conclude his fight to become one of the faces of the Games. Swimming in his sixth event he will have the chance to improve on his five golds from London 2012.
Women’s 200m individual medley SM8
The USA’s Jessica Long has held this title since Beijing 2008 and won her fourth world title in 2015. As a 12-time Paralympic champion, Long has the experience to keep a cool head and pace herself to her latest gold.
Men’s 200m individual medley SM8
Ollie Hynd will return to defend his title from London 2012 and will have the chance to conclude Great Britain’s potential medal haul. It is hoped that the London 2012 hosts can cement their place as one of the world’s best Para swimming nations.
Women’s 100m freestyle S5
Norway’s Sarah Louise Rung and Spain’s Teresa Perales’ latest clash in this event at the 2016 European Open Championships resulted in a dead heat. It is the Spaniard’s marquee event, having won the first of her six Paralympic titles in it at Athens 2004. Rung has been trying to catch Perales at every major event since 2010, before equalling her in 2016.
Men’s 50m freestyle S12
Organisers have saved one of the best races until last. Fans will have the chance to catch the world’s fastest Paralympian Maksym Veraksa in action. The Ukrainian holds the world record of 22.99 seconds, set before he won gold at London 2012. Azerbaijani brothers Raman and Dzmitry Salei will attempt to catch Veraksa and may even push him to another world record.