Five reasons to watch the Indianapolis World Series

World's best swimmers in action at penultimate World Series before 2017 World Championships. 07 Jun 2017
A swimmer with limb impairments starts his race

Brazil's most decorated Paralympian Daniel Dias won the men's title at the inaugural World Series

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With the Mexico 2017 World Championships already less than four months away, the World Series in Indianapolis, USA, will provide some of the world’s best swimmers with the opportunity to assess their form ahead of the sport’s biggest event outside of the Paralympic Games.

Around 150 athletes from 18 countries will compete in the penultimate World Series from 9-11 June, and there are many reasons why this is a must-watch event.

1. The competitors are just entering the final stage in their preparations towards Mexico 2017, which will take place between 30 September-6 October. The Indianapolis World Series will be a good parametre to see who of them can potentially reach medal positions at the World Championships.

2. Brazil’s most decorated Paralympian ever Daniel Dias will compete at only his second competition of the year in Indianapolis after winning three golds at the Loterias Caixa Swimming Open Championships, last April.

3. The local crowd will be hopeful of celebrating victories through three-time Rio 2016 gold medallists Rebecca Meyers and McKenzie Coan. At the same time, Canada seek to achieve victory through Paralympic champion Katarina Roxon and Rio 2016 silver medallist Tess Routliffe.

4. Mexico aim to build a strong team, not only ahead of the World Championships but also in the build-up to future competitions, which is why they will send to Indianapolis a delegation with an average age of 17 years old.

5. The venue, the Indiana University Natatorium, has hosted various Olympic swimming trials since it opened in 1982 and has been treated to a USD 20 million renovation in recent years.

Full results will be available online.