Colombia’s Serrano and Germany’s Scholz take 2022 World Series crown

South American country picks other two titles while Chile, Denmark and Mexico also celebrate at this year's Citi Para Swimming World Series 25 Nov 2022
A female Para swimmer with a cap with the German flag
Tanja Scholz had an unforgettable season winning the World Series and picking three gold at the World Championships
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By World Para Swimming

Carlos Serrano from Colombia and Tanja Scholz from Germany are the winners of the 2022 Citi Para Swimming World Series season in the Top Overall Athletes categories.  

Colombian athletes dominated the Series as the country also topped the rankings in the Overall NPC category and Top Female Junior Athlete with Sara Vargas.  

Chile, Denmark and Mexico were the other winners in the 2022 edition.  

Two-time Paralympic champion Serrano won his country’s first World Series crown scoring 4,115 points in the Top Male Overall Athlete rankings. He competed in two Series this season in Berlin, Germany and Tijuana, Mexico.  

Fellow countryman Nelson Crispin ended in third (3,974), two points behind second place Rogier Dorsman of the Netherlands (3,976) to put another Colombian in the top three. 

In the Top Female Overall Athletes rankings, Scholz prevented a Colombian one-two podium finishing with 4006 points ahead of Sara Vargas and Maria Paula Barrero, who scored 3,915 and 3,792; respectively. 

Scholz took part in the Series in Aberdeen, Great Britain and Berlin. It was Germany’s second triumph in the World Series following Elena Krazow’s win in the 2021 edition.  

The World Series crowns round off perfect seasons for both Scholz and Serrano as the Colombian took two gold medals and the German three at the Madeira 2022 World Championships in June. 

High-Support Need winners 

Chile’s Alberto Abarza and Mexico’s Fabiola Martinez successfully defended their World Series titles in the men’s and women’s High-Support Needs (S/SB 1-3) categories. 

Martinez, the 2021 winner, scored 2,254 points in Tijuana and Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy. Abarza took 3,661 points in Berlin and Indianapolis, USA. 

The Chilean has topped the World Series in the High-Support Needs Male rankings in every single edition since the Series was launched in 2017. 

Sara Vargas gave Colombia another title this season topping the Junior Female Athletes rankings (3,915) with the results achieved in Berlin and Tijuana. 

Denmark’s Alexander Hillhouse scored 3,685 points in Lignano and Berlin to take the men’s Junior Athletes crown. 

Colombian swimmers reached 15,796 points altogether putting the country in first place in the National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) Overall rankings. The Netherlands were second (14,839) and Great Britain third (14,260 points). 

Complete 2022 rankings can be found here

The 2023 Citi Para Swimming World Series will kick off in February to its biggest season to date with a new format and more events.  

The season will open in Melbourne, Australia from 17 to 19 February. More information is available here