Sarah Louise Rung8 October 1989 Stavanger, NOR
- LATEST TRIUMPHS:
- Rio 2016 Paralympic Games - Gold: 200m individual medley and 100m breaststroke; Silver: 50m butterfly; Bronze: 50m backstroke
- 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships - Gold: 200m individual medley, 100m breaststroke, 200m freestyle & 50m butterfly; Silver: 100m freestyle; Bronze: 50m backstroke
- 2014 IPC Swimming European Championships - Gold: 200m individual medley, 100m breaststroke, 200m freestyle & 50m butterfly; Silver: 100m freestyle, 4 x 50m medley and freestyle relays 20 points and 2016 IPC Swimming European Open Championships - Gold: 100m & 200m freestyle, 100m breaststroke, 50m butterfly and 200m individual medley; Bronze: 50m backstroke
- 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships - Gold: 200m individual medley, 100m breaststroke, 200m freestyle & 50m butterfly; Bronze: 100m freestyle.
- London 2012 Paralympic Games - Gold: 50m butterfly & 200m freestyle; Silver: 100m breaststroke & 200m medley
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Rung's first major international competition was the 2009 IPC Swimming World Championships Short Course in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where she took silver in the 100m freestyle, just one year following back surgery which resulted in damaged nerves.
Formerly a 'hobby swimmer' as her coach Morten Eklund called it, she picked up where she left off in the pool, but this time with a different focus; the focus of an international athlete.
In 2010 she won three gold medals at the IPC Swimming World Championships in Eindhoven, the Netherlands and in 2011 added four further titles at the IPC Swimming European Championships in Berlin, Germany.
At London 2012, her first Paralympics, the S5 swimmer won two gold medals in 50m butterfly and 200m freestyle defeating her biggest rivals Ukraine's Nataliia Prologaieva and Spanish swimming legend Teresa Perales. She took home silver medals from the 200m individual medley and 100m breaststroke.
In a continuation of the form she has experienced in recent years, Rung collected four gold medals and one bronze at the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships in Monteal, Canada. She repeated that performance in Glasgow, Great Britain, in 2015, adding a silver in the 100m freestyle and winning all of her country's gold medals.
Keen not to disappoint on the European stage, Rung won the same four golds in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, in 2014. Her friendly rivalry with Perales also reached an incredible new height at the 2016 European Open with the pair tying to share gold in the 100m freestyle.
A few months later, Rung left Rio 2016 as Norway's most successful athlete having won two of her country's three gold medals.
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