Eindhoven 2014: What to watch on day one

Day one will be headlined by several big-name stars of the host team including European champions Marc Evers and Marlou van der Kulk. 04 Aug 2014
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Marlou van der Kulk of the Netherlands competes in the women's 200m Individual Medley SM14 during day seven of the Montreal 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships.

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It could be said that the host nation’s Paralympic and world champion Marc Evers’ victory in this event is almost written in the stars.

Headlining day one of the 2014 IPC Swimming European Championships will be the stars of the Dutch team who will come up against some their fiercest competitors from the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships and London 2012.

Here are some of the key events from day one at Eindhoven 2014 which can be watched live.

Men’s 100m backstroke S14

It could be said that the host nation’s Paralympic and world champion Marc Evers’ victory in this event is almost written in the stars.

The 23-year-old will defend his European title in the pool where he won his first ever international medal back at the World Championships in 2010. The venue, the Pieter van den Hoogenband Swimming Stadium, is also named after his idol.

Challenging Evers will be Great Britain’s Aaron Moores, a bronze medallist from the 2013 Worlds in Montreal, Canada.

Women’s 100m backstroke S14

The Netherland’s Marlou van der Kulk is also heading towards a day with destiny on day one.

Like Evers, the double Paralympic bronze medallist won her first major international medals in Eindhoven, securing double gold in this event and the 200m freestyle.

At Montreal 2013, the 20-year-old beat Great Britain’s Jessica Jane Applegate to the wall and has retaining the European title firmly in her sights.

Women’s 400m freestyle S6

Great Britain’s Eleanor Simmonds enters the 400m free as the reigning European champion and has been almost unstoppable in this event since winning her first Paralympic medal in Beijing in 2008.

Still just 19-years-old and already a four-time Paralympic champion, Simmonds returns to the pool as the current world record holder in this event.

Women’s 100m freestyle S5

Two of the Ukrainian women – Natalia Prologaieva and Viktoriia Savtsova – who finished in gold and silver medal positions in Montreal will not line-up at Eindhoven.

That could allow Norway’s multiple world and Paralympic champion Sarah Louise Rung to improve on her third placed finish against returning Spanish legend and European champion Teresa Perales.

Women’s 50m freestyle S9

A clutch of top level swimmers will go head-head over the sprint distance, including current world champion Spaniard Sarai Gascon.

A further three women from the final at Montreal will compete, with British teammates Claire Cashmore and Amy Marren just missing out on a medal in Montreal and returning to set the record straight in Eindhoven.

Also in the mix is Ireland’s Ellen Keane, 19, who won two bronze medals at the Worlds.

Men’s 100m backstroke S8

All three podium sitters from Montreal will once again meet in this event. The Russian duo of Konstantin Lisenkov and Denis Tarasov picked up gold and silver respectively, with Lisenkov adding to his European title from 2011 in Berlin, Germany.

Completing the super trio battling it out was Great Britain’s London 2012 bronze medallist Oliver Hynd.

Other events to look out for include the men's 100m freestyle S4 featuring Dutchman Michael Schoenmaker and the women's 100m backstroke S8 featuring Russian multiple Paralympic champion Olesya Vladykina.

All morning and evening sessions from Eindhoven 2014 will be streamed live at ParalympicSport.TV.

You can find more information, including live results, at Eindhoven 2014.

Alternatively you can follow the competitions via live updates on IPC Swimming’s Facebook and Twitter accounts or search #Eindhoven2014.