Chinese newcomers dominated the pool at the Internationale Deutsche Meisterschaft (IDM) in Berlin, Germany, between 10-12 June, breaking three world records.
Wenpan Huang clocked 2:43.14 in the men’s 150m individual medley SM3, to lower the previous mark of teammate Jianping Du from London 2012.
Liankang Zou successfully went for the men’s 50m backstroke S2 best, touching in at 56.83. The former world record holder, Russia’s Dmitrii Kokarev, only set the time at the 2016 IPC Swimming European Open Championships in May.
Rounding off the Chinese record-breaking trio was Li Tingshen in the men’s 50m breaststroke SB2, posting 34.09.
New Zealand’s Paralympic champion Cameron Leslie (2:25.77) bettered his own world best in the men’s 150m individual medley SM4.
“It was great to see Cameron better his own world record,” Malcolm Humm, High Performance Director, Paralympics New Zealand, said. “Having finished second in this event at the World Championships last year Cameron has been determined to retain his number one world ranking and this has been evident in the way he has been training. This meet is a vital part of preparations for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and the team have produced great results so far looking to contribute to the overall New Zealand Paralympic team medal target in Rio of 18 medals in total, 12 of these gold.”
Kazakhstan’s Zulfiya Gabidullina (43.08) put in an exceptional swim in the women’s 50m freestyle S3. Gabidullina broke the record for the second time in as many months after swimming a 43.22 on her way to gold at the European Open.
Russia’s world champion Anna Krivshina (1:06.85) also improved on her world record from the Euros in the women’s 100m backstroke S13.
Krivshina continued her great form in the women’s 50m backstroke S13, a non-Paralympic event. She set a new mark in both the heats and finals, finishing on 30.72.
A series of other swimmers set new world records in events not on the Paralympic programme.
Greece’s Charalampos Taiganidis (28.07), men’s 50m backstroke S12; Iceland’s Jon Margeir Sverrisson (8:48.24), men’s 800m freestyle S14; Australia’s Braeden Jason (8:58.96), men’s 800m freestyle S13; Colombia’s Carlos Serrano (34.09), men’s 50m breaststroke SB7; Greece’s Dimisthenis Michalentzakis (2:10.25), men’s 200m butterfly S9; Japan’s Keiichi Kimura (2:25.10) men’s 200m butterfly S11, the Netherlands’ Marc Evers (2:15.75), men’s 200m butterfly S14; Italy’s Vincenzo Boni (1:38.43), men’s 100m backstroke S3; France’s Charles Rozoy (27.67) men’s 50m butterfly S8; Russia’s Roman Makarov (26.27), men’s 50m butterfly S12; Germany’s Torben Schmidtke (2:59.93), men’s 200m breaststroke SB6; Russia’s Maksim Nikiforov (2:28.83), men’s 200m breaststroke SB13
Australia’s Emily Jane Beecroft (26.15), women’s 50m butterfly S9; Germany’s Elena Krawzow (36.26), women’s 50m breaststroke SB13; France’s Elodie Lorandi (9:29.85), women’s 800m freestyle S10.
*All records are subject to ratification by IPC Swimming