Mexico City 2017: Federico Morlacchi vs. Dimosthenis Michalentzakis18.09.2017
Rio 2016 champions to fight for gold at the World Championships
The Italian still rounded off a great performance at last year’s Paralympic Games, winning one gold, three silvers and three bronze. At the Mexico 2017 World Championships, he will get the chance for revenge in the only event both Paralympic champions will share.
They had previously competed against each other in the 100m butterfly at the latest edition of the Worlds in Glasgow, Great Britain, two years ago, with Morlacchi taking silver and the Greek coming in fourth.
Morlacchi holds the event’s world record of 58.91, which he set at a competition in Berlin, Germany, in 2015. He also has three World Championships under his belt, having won two golds, four silvers and one bronze. Michalentzakis is hoping to grab his first world medal in Mexico City.
Head to Head
Morlacchi: Nationality: Italy. Age: 23
Michalentzakis: Nationality: Greece. Age: 18
Morlacchi: Games: 2 (2012, 2016)
Medals: 7 (1 gold, 3 silvers, 3 bronze)
Michalentzakis: Games: 1 (2016)
Medals: 1 (1 gold)
Morlacchi: Championships: 3 (2010, 2013, 2015)
Medals: 7 (2 golds, 4 silvers, 1 bronze)
Michalentzakis: Championships: 1 (2015)
DID YOU KNOW?
Morlacchi: Took up the sport for rehabilitation purposes
Michalentzakis: Received a sporting achievement award from the Greek Paralympic Committee in 2015
More information can be found on Mexico City 2017’s website.