Griswold wins fourth gold at Berlin World Series

Final World Series before Mexico City 2017 ends with 40 new world records set. 10 Jul 2017
a group of men dive into a pool

An astonishing 40 world records were broken at the Berlin World Series.

ⒸRalf Kuckuck

Robert Griswold claimed his fourth gold in Berlin, Germany, on Sunday (9 July) and a further 10 world records were broken to take the overall count at the final World Series of the year to 40.

The US swimmer secured his final win in the men’s 100m backstroke with 952 points, while the Netherlands’ Olivier van de Voort set a world record of 58.43 for the S10 class. Great Britain’s Alice Tai (1030) won the women’s equivalent.

The races are decided by points according to the swimmers’ classes and the time they clock. As these are multi-class races, more than one world record may be set in a single event.

Germany (592) sealed gold in the mixed 4x50m freestyle through Gina Bottcher, Julian Erxleben, Lucas Karle and Maike Schnittger.

Dutch swimmer Chantalle Zijderveld (907 points) won the women’s 200m breaststroke with a world record time of 2:47.96, following up on her victory in the 50m breaststroke. Spain’s Rio 2016 gold medallist Oscar Salguero Galisteo (909) took top honours in the men’s race.

Carlotta Gilli (1017 points) topped the podium in the women’s 200m individual medley, setting a world record of 2:23.62 for the SM13 class along the way. The Italian broke another world record (27.98) in the 50m butterfly, but finished second to British swimmer and Rio 2016 gold medallist Eleanor Robinson (959).

Great Britain also celebrated through three-time Paralympic champion Oliver Hynd (900 points), who ended first in the men’s 200m individual medley, winning his third race in Berlin.

In the men’s 50m butterfly, Japan’s Keiichi Kimura (972) claimed his second victory in Berlin and set a new world record of 27.78 for the S11 class. S12 swimmer Stephen Clegg (26.01) of Great Britain also broke his class’ world record.

Full results can be found on Internationale Deustche Meisterschaften (IDM)’s website.