Daniel Dias ready to extend World Series lead in Sheffield

No rest for defending champion as he competes in back-to-back events 30 May 2018
a male Para swimmer laughs in the pool

Daniel Dias is the defending World Series champion

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By Ryan Wilson | For the IPC

Just three days after winning three medals in Lignano Sabbiadoro, defending champion Daniel Dias will be back in the pool to contest the latest World Para Swimming World Series event in Sheffield, Great Britain on Thursday (31 May).

Brazilian Dias, the multi-Paralympic and world champion, will again compete in three events. But even though he currently leads the 2018 World Series standings, he knows he will be tested in Sheffield by another impressive performer in Lignano, Carlos Serrano (S7) of Colombia.

After winning gold and silver medals in Italy, Serrano will swim in the 50m butterfly, 400m freestyle, 200m individual medley, 50m freestyle, and 100m breaststroke, as he looks to make up ground in the race for the overall title.

The Netherlands’ Marc Evers (S14), currently sitting third in the World Series rankings, will also look to maintain his momentum from Lignano. The gold-medal winner in the 100m backstroke last week will contest the 100m breaststroke and 200m individual relay.

Pap takes centre stage in Sheffield

Hungary’s Bianka Pap (S10) has the chance to close the gap on women’s World Series leader Rebecca Meyers, as the US swimmer is not competing in Sheffield. Currently ranked fifth, Pap will be kept very busy as she competes in the 400m freestyle, 100m backstroke, 100m freestyle and 200m individual medley.

Taking on Pap will be Canada’s Aurelie Rivard (S10), who will look to build on her freestyle from Lignano. Rivard will swim the 100m freestyle, 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle and 400m freestyle in Sheffield.

Paralympic and Commonwealth champion Sophie Pascoe (S10) of New Zealand will be putting Pap’s talents to the test in the 100m freestyle and 100m backstroke. Pascoe is also racing in the 50m freestyle and 100m butterfly and will certainly be one to watch.

The World Para Swimming World Series in Sheffield, Great Britain, will be live streamed on World Para Swimming’s website, with competition running until 3 June. Live results can be found here.