Berlin World Series: Ihar Boki in unstoppable form09.06.2018
Belarusian breaks world record in the men´s 50m backstroke twice
Belarus´ S13 swimmer first set a new mark of 26.36 in the heats of the men´s 50m backstroke, before going on to break the world record again in the final with a time of 26.21.
"I am happy but want to continue improving"
Despite his achievements, Belarus´ most decorated Paralympian ever remains hungry for more. “I have to compete again here in Berlin, so I want to focus now on my next races. I am happy but want to continue improving,” he said.
The World Series features multi-class races, with winners decided by a standardised points system.
Boki also scored 1,002 points in the 50m backstroke to secure gold ahead of Great Britain´s Stephen Clegg (883) and Mexico´s Diego Diaz (842).
More world records fall
Three-time Paralympic champion McKenzie Coan delivered a glittering performance in the women´s 800m freestyle, breaking a seven-year old world record for the S7 class with a time of 10:37.70.
“I am super excited. I felt really good going into today but I am really shocked at how it went. I felt really good from the start and it was one of those races that you want to live in forever because it is so much fun.”
The USA´s swimmer also took gold in the competition after scoring 896 points. She was followed by Spain´s Ariadna Edo (758) and Sweden´s Pernilla Lindberg (691).
However, it was not enough for them to win gold in the event as Argentina´s Facundo Arregui (897 points) topped the podium. Horlin (847) ended second and Spain´s Antoni Ponce (827) took third.
Rio 2016 two-time gold medallist Liesette Bruinsma was another standout of the day, as she set a new world record of 1:05.81 for the S11 class in the women´s 100m freestyle. “This is so wonderful, I cannot believe it. I trained very hard to achieve this in Berlin,” she said.
The Dutch swimmer also took gold in the event after scoring 1,065 points ahead of Italy´s Carlotta Gilli (891) and Canada´s Aurelie Rivard (890).
Great Britain´s Hannah Russell (S12) was exultant after breaking the world record in the women´s 50m backstroke with a time of 31.61. “I am really happy. I really wanted to go to that swim,” she assured.
Russell (921 points) also claimed gold ahead of Canada´s Shelby Newkirk (869), who set a world record of 38.00 for the S7 class. Japan´s Chikako Ono (818) secured bronze.
Two gold medallists and team relays
There were two gold medallists in the men´s 100m freestyle as Uzbekistan´s Islam Aslanov and the Netherlands´ Michiel Jorink both scored 901 points. Ukraine´s Ievgenii Bogodaiko (891) collected bronze.
Coan won her second gold medal of the day as part of the US women´s 4x100m freestyle team. She joined forces with 14-year-old Madelyn White, Summer Schmit and Jessica Long to lead her country to victory with 635 points.
They finished ahead of the Kazakhstan (473) and Germany (236).
In the men´s equivalent, Kazakhstan (626) came in first. Poland (588) and Iran (565) collected silver and bronze, respectively.
The men´s and women´s 150m individual medley were the last two events of the day. Japan´s Takayuki Suzuki (792) took gold in the former ahead of Israel´s Ami Omer Dadaon (767) and Ukraine´s Dmytro Vynohradets (610).
Germany´s Gina Bottcher was the winner among women with 626 points. She was followed into the podium by Spain´s Ines Rodriguez Martinez (425) and Iceland´s Sonja Sigurdardottir (259).
Competition continues on Saturday (9 June) with 30 medals up for grabs.
The scores for the overall rankings are calculated by adding up the swimmer´s two best point scores achieved in two different World Series events.
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