Parapan American Games
23 August - 1 September

Lima 2019: Mexican Monday in the water

Six gold medals from four different swimmers on day two at Centro Acuatico 27 Aug 2019
a female Para swimmer holding up her gold medal
Naomi Somellera consiguió dos oros en un extraordinario día de México en la piscina
ⒸLima 2019
By NSLima2019 and APC

It was a Mexican Monday at a packed Centro Acuatico with six gold medals for the country on day two of Para swimming at the Lima 2019 Parapan Am Games. 

Naomi Somellera contributed with two of them first winning the women’s 100m freestyle S7, then returning two and half hours later to clinch the women’s 100m breaststroke SB7 title.  

“It’s beautiful to see the crowd in the stands. This is exciting,” Somellera said. 

Matilde Alcazar added one more medal to Mexico’s golden Monday in the women’s 400m freestyle S11, including a Parapan American record.

“In my mind I want to break all records. Every time I practice I have my dreams with me. [Today] I swam with my heart,” Alcazar said.

Stefanny Cristino Zapata was responsible for the Mexican victory in the women’s 200m individual medley SM10 while on the men’s side nobody been as brilliant as Diego Lopez Diaz.

The swimmer made it three gold and three Parapan records in three races so far with his victories in the men’s 200m freestyle S3 and the men’s 150m individual medley SM3 – this one a podium sweep for Mexico with Jose Castorena (silver) and Marcos Zarate (bronze).

“Our country has declined a bit in sport but I have always kept the mindset of giving my best with what I have,” Alcazar said to explain Mexico’s success in the water.

Brazil also had another successful day with five gold medals and a podium sweep. Ruiter Silva won the men’s 50m freestyle S9 followed by Joao Drumond Olivia and Vanilton Filho, respectively.

Daniel Dias won his 29th Parapan American Games gold medal but left the pool not so pleased with his time in the men’s 50m freestyle S5.

“I’m happy to win my 29th gold medal, but I was not really happy with my performance. It was not what I expected from my training,” Dias said. “I have a day off on Tuesday so I will sit down with my coaching team and look at the videos of the races.”

Colombia also had plenty of reasons to celebrate, with four gold medals collected including Paralympic champion Carlos Serrano’s win in the men’s 100m freestyle S7.

The swimming medals and results can be found on the Lima 2019 website