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Montreal 2013 - Day two review

Matthew Cowdrey and Jessica Long both added more world titles to their growing collections.

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By IPC

Jessica Long began her championships campaign in style, touching in at 2:37.11, ahead of Great Britain’s Stephanie Slater and Russian rival Olesya Vladykina in silver and bronze position in the women’s 200m individual medley SM8.

Matthew Cowdrey has added two gold medals to his list of accolades on a thrilling night in the pool on day two of the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships, which also saw Jessica Long claim her 16th world title.

Cowdrey, Australia’s most successful Paralympian, retained his world title in the men’s 50m freestyle S9 (25.16 seconds) in a close race, ahead of London 2012 Spanish bronze medallist Jose Antonio Mari Alcaraz. Fin Leo Lahteenmaki started his countries’ medal campaign to win his first medal of the championships with bronze.

Cowdrey picked up his second gold of the evening in the men’s 200m individual medley SM9 (2:17.31) in a race mirroring the result from London 2012, where Ukraine's Andriy Kalyna and Italy’s Federico Morlacchi won silver and bronze respectively.

Jessica Long began her championships campaign in style, touching in at 2:37.11, ahead of Great Britain’s Stephanie Slater and Russian rival Olesya Vladykina in silver and bronze position in the women’s 200m individual medley SM8.

Mexican Juan Reyes continued his world championships form in the men’s 50m backstroke S4 with another world title (45.97 seconds). Reyes, champion since 1998, narrowly touched in ahead of Czech born Arnost Petracek and Gustavo Sanchez Martinez of Mexico, who picks up his first championships medal over this distance.

In the women’s event, the Netherlands' Lisette Teunissen collected gold in a repeat of her performance from London 2012 (51.43 seconds). Current world champion Brazilian Edenia Garcia finished in silver and Juan Bai of China set a new Asian record (53.87 seconds).

Spain's Sarai Gascon picked up her first world title in the women’s 50m freestyle S9 (29.32 seconds), in an incredibly close race ahead of bronze medallist from Eindhoven, Russian Irina Grazhdanov and Lin Ping of China. The three women finished within 0.13 seconds of each other.

Brazil’s Daniel Dias recovered from a disappointing start on day one by retaining his 200m freestyle S5 world title (2:27.83), beating 23 year-old American and 2010 silver medallist Roy Perkins. 20 year-old James Scully picked up Ireland’s second medal of the champs in bronze.

Sarah Louise Rung, having become world champion yesterday in the 50m butterfly S5, won another world title in the women’s 200m freestyle S5 (2:50.57). Inbal Perazo finished in second, collecting Israel’s first medal of the championships with Brazilian Joana Maria Silva in third.

22 year-old Australian Blake Cochrane set the first world record of the evening in the men’s 100m breaststroke SB7 (1:17.83), breaking his own record by nearly one second, with a new European record for Netherlands’ Simon Boer (1:22.04) winning silver. Sascha Kindred opened Great Britain’s medals for the evening with bronze.

In her first world championships, 23 year-old Russian Ulyana Kuznetsova claimed gold (1:37.55) ahead of London 2012 and 2010 bronze medallist from the Netherlands, Lisa den Braber who beat Paralympic silver medallist Oksana Khrul.

17 year-old Paralympic Champion Ian Silverman of the USA showed his intentions to dominate the men’s events by claiming his first world title in the 400m freestyle S10. Great Britain’s Robert Welbourn touched in silver ahead of Russian Dmitry Bartasinskiy.

Paralympic Champion Elodie Lorandi of France continued her strong world championships show with a world record in the 400m freestyle S10 (4:32.79), ahead of Canada's London 2012 silver medallist Aurelie Rivard and 16 year-old Brit Tully Kearney in bronze.

Russian Roman Makarov retained his world title in the men’s 100m butterfly S12 (56.84 seconds). Ukrainian Danylo Chufarov finished in silver position with Russian Anton Stabrovskyy in third.

In the women’s event, London 2012 silver medallist Darya Stukolova of Russia claimed gold (1:05.39), whilst Great Britain’s Hannah Russell touched the wall in silver medal position, improving on her bronze from 2012. Spain's Carla Casals completed the podium with the same colour she won at world championships in Eindhoven in 2010.

Ukrainian Paralympic and world champion Oleksii Fedyna set a new world record in the men’s 100m breaststroke SB13 (1:03.58). Russian Mikhail Zimin improved on his bronze in Eindhoven in 2010 to collect silver and 17 year-old Roman Dubovoy repeated his London 2012 bronze-medal performance.

Ushering in a new era in the women’s 100m breaststroke SB13, 19 year-old German Elena Krawzow became world champion after winning gold at London 2012 (1:20.43). American Colleen Young is just 15 years-old but put in a strong performance to win silver ahead of Australian Teigan van Roosmalen in bronze.

In the men’s 100m breaststroke SB4 in the absence of Paralympic champion Daniel Dias, Columbian Moises Garcia Fuente fought hard against Ricardo Ten of Spain to claim Columbia’s first gold of the competition (1:36.91). Ten just lost out to Fuente in the last metre, with Greece’s Antonios Tsapatakis in bronze medal position. The crowd adored the first time entry from the Namibians, cheering Gideon Nazilowski to the wall.

Norwegian Sarah Louise Rung continued her world championships campaign with her second gold medal of the night in the 100m breaststroke SB4 (1:45.86), beating Ukrainian rival and Paralympic champion Nataliia Prologaieva. Natalia Shavel won Belarus’s first medal in the women’s events in bronze.

The women’s event was a clean sweep for the Brits, with 14 year-old Amy Marren winning her first world title (2:33.95). Stephanie Millward became a worlds' silver medallist to add to her silver from London 2012 and 25 year-old Claire Cashmore finished in bronze.

In the men’s 50m freestyle S11 there was a re-run after a protest, where Keiichi Kimura of Japan had to settle for second place. Russian Alexander Chekurov claimed gold (26.32 seconds), with Herbst Hendri managing to hold onto his bronze for a second time.

20 year-old New Zealander Mary Fisher added a second gold to her medal collection with an new Oceania record (31.36 seconds) in the women’s 50m freestyle S11, followed by China’s Guizhi Li and Swede Maija Reichard in silver and bronze.

After posting nearly identical qualifying times, the men’s 50m breaststroke SB2 featuring Mexico’s Arnulfo Castorena and Ukrainian Dmytro Vynohradets was bound to be a close affair. In the end, Greece’s Ioannis Kostakis collected gold (58.56), with Castorena in silver and Vynohradets in bronze.

Germany’s Vera Thamm was 0.04 from setting a new world record in the women’s 50m breaststroke SB2 on her way to the world title (1:12.66), with Swedish Eindhoven 2010 silver medallist Jennie Ekstrom achieving that colour again ahead of Mexican Haidee Viviana Aceves Perez in bronze.

Ukraine’s Yevheniy Bohodayko became world champion less than one year after winning gold at London 2012 in the men’s 100m breaststroke SB6 (1:21.32) after only managing silver at Eindhoven in 2010. Germany’s Torben Schmidtke touched the wall for silver and Columbia continued their success with a bronze thanks to Nelson Crispin.

In one of the closest races of the evening, Brazil’s Susana Ribeiro finally won the world title that she has been searching for in the women’s 100m breaststroke SB6 (1:40.51). Gold medallist from London 2012, Ukrainian Victoria Savtsova had to settle for silver this time around, with Great Britain’s Charlotte Henshaw winning bronze.

Great Britain’s Oliver Hynd, at only 18 years of age, added the world title to his Paralympic gold from his home games last year. Russia’s Konstantin Lisenkov picked up silver to add to his second place from Eindhoven 2010. China’s Jiachao Wang touched the wall in bronze.

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