Brazil’s Daniel Dias made history on Saturday (19 November) afternoon after completing a sensational clean sweep at the 2011 Parapan American Games winning 11 swimming gold medals out of 11 events.
His astonishing effort helped Brazil top the medals table in the Scotiabank Aquatics with a total of 85 medals, including 33 golds.
There were 13 medals events on the final day of competition and Brazil struck gold in the very first race, the men’s 100m freestyle S9. It won by Vanilton Filho (1:00.23), his fourth gold of the Games. Silver went to Mexico’s Arturo Larraga (1:01.41) and bronze Filho’s teammate Matheus Silva (1:03.81).
USA’s Anna Johannes (1:09.02) claimed her fifth gold of the Games in the women’s 100m freestyle S9 ahead of Camille Cruz (1:11.10). Bronze went to Trinidad & Tobago’s 16 year old Shanntol Ince (1:13.28), her second third place of the event.
Andre Brasil (51.60) secured Brazil’s second gold of the night in the men’s 100m Freestyle S10 in a Games record time. His teammate Phelipe Rodrigues (53.05) took silver while Argentina’s Bruno Lemaire (59.53) took bronze.
Next up was Daniel Dias (2:35.04) who claimed his tenth gold medal in the men’s 200m Freestyle S5 in a Games record time, easily ahead of compatriot Clodoaldo Silva (3:03.49). Bronze went to Sebastian Ramirez (3:08.99), a Games record for the S2 class.
Joana Silva (3:18.50) claimed her fourth gold in as many events for Brazil in a Games record time in the women’s 200m Freestyle S5. USA’s Alyssa Gialamas (3:27.24) claimed silver and Mexico’s S4 swimmer Nely Miranda Herrera (3:41.60) set a new Games record in her class.
A fourth Brazilian gold in a row came through Talisson Glock (1:25.31) in the men’s 100m Backstroke S6 setting a new Parapans record. Silver went to his teammate Jeferson Amaro (1:27.78) and Colombia’s Santiago Londono Alvarez (1:33.36) took bronze.
The capacity crowd was spared a fifth Brazilian anthem in a row when Argentina’s Guilermo Marro (1:14.15) set a Games record in the men’s 100m Backstroke S7, just edging out compatriot Matias de Andrade (1:16.55). Bronze went to Brazil’s Ronaldo Santoa (1:22.76)
Mexico claimed its first gold of the day in the women’s 100m Backstroke S6 courtesy of Vianney Trejo (1:35.61) who broke the Games record. Another Mexican Doramitzi Gonzalez (1:43.66) and Irina Kaplan (1:48.62) took silver and bronze respectively.
Daniel Giraldo Correa (57.46) secured Colombia’s sixth gold of the week in the men’s 100m Freestyle S12, again in a Games record time. He was well ahead of Pedro Gonzalez Valdiviezo (1:01.12) of Venezuela and Argentina’s Ignacio Gonzalez (1:01.49).
After a break of thee races a Brazilian was soon top of the podium again, this time in the men’s 100m Freestyle S13. A new Games record was set by Carlos Farrenberg (54.57) on his way to gold, leaving Cuba’s Julio Soria (59.01) and Brazil’s Joao de Castro Almedia (1:02.01) in his wake to contest the remaining medals.
Venezuela’s Belkys Mota (1:08.13) set a Games record in the women’s 100m Freestyle S12 to win gold, ahead of Argentina’s Anabel Moro (1:10.27) and Brazil’s Regiane Nunes Silva (1:12.59) in silver and bronze respectively.
The Mexican crowd was delighted when its swimmers secured first and second place in the men’s 150m Individual Medley SM3. Amulfo Castorena (3:23.06) led the way from Christopher Tronco (3:46.02) and Brazil’s Genzei Andrade (3:46.02).
Fittingly after such a sensational week of swimming Daniel Dias was part of the Brazilian men’s team (4:23.99) that swept to victory in the 4x100m Medley Relay 34ps in a new Americas record. Silver and bronze went to Argentina (4:41.06) and Mexico (5:00.25) respectively.
The 2011 Parapan American Games involved 180 swimmers from 14 countries.
This is the fourth edition of the Parapan American Games and has attracted 1,500 athletes from 24 countries who will compete in 13 different sports.