Day 9 of swimming with 15 gold medals up for grabsThe women’s 4 x 100m medley 34 point relay and the men’s 50m butterfly S6 are set to be the showcase events of the penultime day of swimming competition. 07 Sep 2012
The newly-crowned king of Australian Paralympics Matthew Cowdrey will be looking for yet another gold medal in the men’s 100m freestyle S9.
The Paralympic Swimming competition has reached its penultimate day in what has been an enthralling display of elite sport.
Paralympic records have been broken well into the hundreds, with world records surpassing the half-century mark too.
So you would be excused for wishing for more come Day 9 in the pool - and with a further 15 gold medals up for grabs over eight disciplines - your wishes are likely to be granted.
Perhaps the showcase event of the day is the straight final in the women’s 4 x 100m medley 34 point relay. Some of the best female athletes will be fighting it out for the gold, including Olesya Vladykina of Russia.
She will lead a strong Russian side that will be favourites to claim a medal. However, stern competition will come in the form of Teresa Perales and her Spanish compatriots and the same of Sarai Gascon of France.
Matthew Cowdrey will once again be in action as he looks to further his record-breaking medal tally. The newly-crowned king of Australian Paralympics will be looking for yet another gold medal in the men’s 100m freestyle S9.
The race will be particularly special for Cowdrey as one of his sponsors has rewarded his unprecedented success by paying for his parents to join him in London.
Speaking about the surprise, he said: "It's been fantastic. One of my sponsors managed to surprise me and they've put my parents on a flight over here. They're going to be here tomorrow (7 September) morning so that's really exciting. The whole of Australia has been fantastic with the response so far."
Another mouth-watering match-up in the pool is the clash in the men’s 50m butterfly S6 between Ukraine’s Yevheniy Bohodayko and China’s Qing Xu.
Bohodayko has left the Aquatics Centre in his wake in a dominant display at his first Paralympic Games, winning two gold and two silver medals.
Whilst Xu has been equally impressive, winning two gold medals, breaking records, and astounding people with his unique swimming style. He is also the reigning Paralympic champion in this event and will be desperate to cling onto that title.
Other swimmers such as Natalie Du Toit, Daniel Dias, Oxana Savchenko and Sarah Louise Rung will also be in action in a day that is not one to be missed.