It was another thrilling day of competition in Berlin, as teenage sensation Monica Boggioni claimed two more victories, and 10 more world records fell on day two of the World Para Swimming World Series.
The Italian won the women´s 100m freestyle with 1012 points, following on from her win in the 200m freestyle on Thursday (6 July).
The 19-year-old then rounded off her night by taking the 150m individual medley gold, setting a world record of 2:46.73 for the SM4 class along the way.
“I am really happy with my times, I achieved personal bests. And I am also satisfied with myself because I could break the world record,” she said.
British swimmer Thomas Hamer (970) matched Boggioni in the men’s race, adding 100m freestyle gold to the 200m freestyle he won on the first day.
“I am really happy with that race, it was good to race against some of the big guys and was an overall good race,” said Hamer.
The races are decided by points according to the swimmers’ classes and the time they clock. As these are multi-class races, more than one world record may be set in a single event.
Poland´s Oliwia Jablonska shone in the women´s 800m freestyle, taking the win with 895 points and setting a new world record of 9:18.36 for the S10 class. Great Britain´s London 2012 champion Jessica-Jane Applegate ended second (847 points) and also broke the S14 world record by clocking 9:15.69.
Four world records were set in the men´s equivalent. Three-time Paralympic gold medallist Oliver Hynd of Great Britain broke the S8 six-year-old world record with a time of 9:12.26 and won the race thanks to his 924 points.
The event´s other world record-breakers were Dutch S10 swimmer Bas Takken (S10 – 8:31.40), France´s Alex Portal (S13 – 8:55.86) and Japan´s Uchu Tomita (S11 – 9:53.88).
The Japanese team of Mei Ichinose, An Nishida, Sakura Koike and Airi Ike (508 points) won the women´s 4x100m freestyle, whilst the USA´s Robert Griswold, David Harry Gelfand, Joseph Peppersack and Matthew Torres (600) claimed victory in the men´s equivalent.
Spain´s Nuria Marques Soto (929) showed outstanding form as she stormed to gold in the women´s 50m backstroke with a world record time of 32.76 for the S9 class.
In the men´s equivalent, Jonathan Fox of Great Britain (916) finished first and said he was “very happy with my swim.” But the USA´s S8 swimmer Robert Griswold (30.24), who set a second world record in two days, and Czech Republic´s Arnost Petracek (41.63), who broke his own world record in the S4 class, also celebrated.
Israel´s three-time Paralympian Iyad Shalabi (871) won the men´s 150m individual medley.
The competition continues until Sunday (9 July).
Live streaming of the Berlin World Series is available on https://www.paralympic.org and World Para Swimming’s website. https://www.paralympic.org/swimming
Full results can be found on Internationale Deustche Meisterschaften (IDM)’s website. http://www.idm-schwimmen.de/