Mexico City 2017: Top swimmers from Oceania

Paralympic and world champions among the athletes to look out for. 15 Aug 2017
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Sophie Pascoe and Brenden Hall are two of the major medal contenders at Mexico City 2017.

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With less than 50 days to go until the Mexico City 2017 World Championships, set to take place from 30 September-6 October, here are five swimmers from Oceania you should keep an eye on.

Around 550 swimmers from more than 60 countries are expected to compete at the Francisco Marquez Olympic Swimming Pool.

Brenden Hall (Aus): At 24-years-old, Hall is a veteran on the swimming international stage, having won three golds, one silver and two bronze over three Paralympic Games. In Mexico City, he will be looking to add his ninth world title to his haul.

Ellie Cole (Aus): Will have the difficult task to outdo her performance from the latest edition of the Worlds in Glasgow, Great Britain, in 2015, when she claimed three golds, one silver and one bronze.

Rachael Watson (Aus): After winning gold in the women’s 50m freestyle S4 at Rio 2016, the 25-year-old is hoping to top the podium again at her first World Championships. Earlier this year, she also set a new world record of 37.87 in this event.

Sophie Pascoe (NZ): New Zealand’s most decorated Paralympian ever will be one of the main stars of Mexico City 2017, where she seeks to claim her tenth world title following successful performances at Eindhoven 2010, Montreal 2013 and Glasgow 2015.

Timothy Disken (Aus): As part of the men’s 4x100m freestyle 34pts Australian team, Disken won silver at Glasgow 2015, his only medal at a Worlds so far. But he is hoping to add some more in Mexico City, especially after taking one gold, one silver and one bronze at Rio 2016.

More information can be found on the Mexico City 2017 website.