Funchal 2016: Action to check out on day seven

David Grachat will take to the water in his favourite event in front of his home crowds in Funchal, Portugal. 06 May 2016
A para swimmer

Davd Grachat will go for his second medal at his home IPC Swimming European Championships on Saturday (7 May) in Funchal, Portugal.

ⒸPedro Vasconcelos

The concluding day of competition at the 2016 IPC Swimming European Open Championships in Funchal, Portugal, will see home favourite David Grachat swim for glory in the much anticipated men’s 400m freestyle S9.

Besides the hosts’ hopes, several other swimmers will look to add to their medal totals.

Here are a selection of events to look out for at on Saturday (7 May).

Men’s 400m freestyle S9

David Grachat was propelled into the public conscience in 2015 when he left the World Championships with Portugal’s only medal from the event and his best ever performance at that level. He also matched his result from the 2014 Euros.

In Funchal, buoyed by competing in front of his home crowds, he went on to collect a bronze in the 100m freestyle S9.

In 2016 he hopes to win his first medal at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. If he does he will be his country’s first medal winner in swimming since Joao Martins at Beijing 2008.

Women’s 200m individual medley SM14

The pool in Funchal has seen some mighty battles over the past six days in the women’s S14 events.

Russia’s Valeriia Shabalina has won two golds, Spain’s Michelle Alonso Morales one and British swimmers Jessica-Jane Applegate and Bethany Firth have both medalled.

Firth had to battle with travel problems which meant she missed her first races, making her debut in the 100m breaststroke and clinching silver.

In this event, Shabalina is the world and European champion with Applegate a bronze medal finisher from the last European Championships in 2014.

Men’s 200m individual medley SM13

Belarusian Ihar Boki is on the road to defending five Paralympic titles at Rio 2016, and has made the perfect start in Funchal.

He has won five European titles so far, only missing out on one gold in the 100m breaststroke to Ukraine’s Oleksii Fedyna.

Boki will face another Ukrainian in the 200m individual medley, four-time silver medallist Iaroslav Denysenko, in an attempt to leave the European Championships with a medal from every race.

The 2016 IPC Swimming European Open Championships run until 7 May.

Morning sessions start at 9:00am (WET) each day, whilst the evening sessions get underway at 5:00pm.

Live updates and behind the scenes content will be posted to @IPCSwimming and IPC Swimming’s Facebook.