Two World Championships debutants will make up one of the most expected head-to-heads at Mexico City 2017, as Monica Boggioni faces Jiao Cheng in the women’s 50m freestyle S4, 150m individual medley SM1-4, 50m backstroke S4 and 50m breaststroke SB3 events.
Italy’s 19-year-old burst onto the international scene earlier this year by winning the inaugural women’s World Series title. Boggioni topped the overall standings after collecting 2,113 points at the final event in Berlin, Germany. Mexico City 2017 will be the first major competition she takes part in.
As for Cheng, she was an unknown until last year, when she claimed three golds in the aforementioned events at the Rio Paralympics. She is hoping to add another hat-trick of titles to her haul at this year’s World Championships.
Head to Head
Boggioni: Nationality: Italy. Age: 19
Cheng: Nationality: China. Age: 23
Boggioni: Has not competed at a Paralympic Games
Cheng: Games: 1 (2016)
Medals: 3 (3 golds)
Boggioni: Will make her debut at Mexico City 2017
Cheng: Will make her debut at Mexico City 2017
DID YOU KNOW?
Boggioni: “Life is too short to swim slow,” is her motto
Cheng: Was encouraged to take up the sport by coaches from the local federation for people with an impairment in Shaanxi Province
All Head to Heads can be found on Mexico City 2017’s website.