Brazil and Spain will come to London for the World Para Swimming Allianz Championships with some of the most awarded athletes in the competition’s recent history.
A total of 26 Brazilian and 36 Spaniards will be in action at the London Aquatics Centre from 9 to 15 September.
The South American delegation will be led by 14-time Paralympic champion Daniel Dias (S5), the country’s most successful Paralympian.
The team also counts with former world champions Joana Silva (S5) and Roberto Alcalde Rodriguez (S6) alongside newcomers such as Maria Carolina Gomes.
In her first season, she is the leader of the 50m freestyle S12 ranking and broke the 100m backstroke SB12 world record on her competition debut at the Sao Paulo World Series in April– a mark later improved by Germany’s Elena Krawzow.
Rio winners in action
Spain will take to the British capital four Paralympic champions from the Rio 2016 Games, including seven-time gold medallist Teresa Perales (S5).
Michelle Alonso (S14), Oscar Salguero (SB8) and Nuria Marques Soto (S9) are the other Rio winners in the Spanish roster.
The Europeans will also bring the winner of the men’s 2019 World Series, Antoni Ponce Bertran (S5), and will count with the return to competitions of four-time Paralympic champion Enhamed Enhamed (S11) – who last competed in the Worlds in 2010.
Around 600 athletes from 60 nations are set to compete in London, the most important Para swimming competition before the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Ana Karolina Soares de Oliveira
Guilherme Batista Silva
Lucilene da Silva Sousa
Maria Carolina Gomes
Patricia Pereira dos Santos
Roberto Alcalde Rodriguez
Susana Schnarndorf Ribeiro
Antoni Ponce Bertran
Isabel Yinghua Hernández
Jose Antonio Mari
Jose Ramon Cantero
Miguel Ángel Martínez Tajuelo
Nuria Marques Soto