Mexico City 2017: Ihar Boki vs. Iaroslav Denysenko10.09.2017
Belarus’ multi-Paralympic champion faces his biggest opponent at this year’s Worlds
As we count down to the World Para Swimming World Championships in Mexico City today (10 September) is the start of our Head to Head series, where we’ll take a look at some of the biggest rivalries on show at the competition. We start with Ihar Boki and Iaroslav Denysenko, who faced each other five times at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, with the Belarusian winning five golds and the Ukrainian taking four silvers.
One year before, they swam against each other six times at the World Championships in Glasgow, Great Britain, with Boki coming on top as well in all of the events, while Denysenko claimed four silvers and one bronze.
In Mexico City, they will face-off in the men’s 100m butterfly S13, 50m, 100m and 400m freestyle S13, 200m individual medley SM13 and 100m backstroke S13. Will Denysenko be able to dethrone his great rival for the first time?
Head to Head
Boki: Nationality: Belarus. Age: 23
Denysenko: Nationality: Ukraine. Age: 24
Boki: Games: 2 (2012, 2016)
Medals: 13 (11 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
Denysenko: Games: 1 (2016)
Medals: 4 (4 silver)
Boki: Championships: 3 (2010, 2013, 2015)
Medals: 15 (15 gold)
Denysenko: Championships: 2 (2013, 2015)
Medals: 10 (1 gold, 8 silver 1 bronze)
DID YOU KNOW?
Boki: Boki is Belarus’ most decorated Paralympian
Denysenko: Denysenko’s partner Kateryna Istomina is also a Paralympic swimming champion
More information can be found on Mexico City 2017’s website.