IPC Swimming World Championships
12-18 August

Montreal 2013: Day 7 sneak preview

British, Canadian and New Zealand poster girls Eleanor Simmonds, Valerie Grand’Maison and Sophie Pascoe will round off the competition on day 7 of the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships. 11 Aug 2013
Sophie Pascoe Day 3 London

Sophie Pascoe swims the 100m butterfly S10 at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

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The last day of the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships will be headlined by some of the most successful female para-swimmers in their countries’ history.

The last day of the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships will be headlined by some of the most successful female para-swimmers in their countries’ history.

You can watch all the action from the last day on Sunday, 18 August at ParalympicSport.TV

Women’s 100m freestyle S13

Outlook: Valerie Grand’Maison of Canada has been made one of the home faces of the 2013 World Championships and for good reason. In the absence of rival Kelly Becherer of the USA, Grand’Maison looks sure to lead the field and improve on her silver at both London 2012 and Eindhoven. Perhaps a new rivalry will be formed with 19 year-old Rebecca Anne Meyers of the USA, who looks to be strong in this event after collecting bronze in London.

Classification: Swimmers with visual impairment compete in the sport classes 11-13, with 11

meaning a complete or nearly complete loss of sight and 13 describing the minimum eligible visual impairment.

Women’s 100m freestyle S6

Outlook: Eleanor Simmonds went into London 2012 a four-time world champion at just the age of 16, including in this event. Her home Paralympics propelled her into the big-time and her feet have hardly touched the ground since. Simmonds is a formidable force in her S6 classification but may be challenged by Tanja Groepper of Germany and Lingling Song of China. Groepper is the bronze medallist from London and Song from the last world champs in Eindhoven in 2010.

Classification: This sport class includes swimmers with short stature, amputations of both arms or moderate coordination problems on one side of their body.

Women’s 50m freestyle S10

Outlook: New Zealander Sophie Pascoe looks incredibly strong in this event, but goes up against 17 year-old future Canadian hope Aurelie Rivard and Elodie Lorandi of France. Pascoe won silver in London and Eindhoven, whilst Lorandi snuck into bronze medal position in 2010, just eight-tenths in front of American Anna Eames. Rivard has been getting quicker and with her home town crowds behind her, might be able to manage a medal this time around.

Classification: This class describes the minimal impairments of eligible swimmers with physical

impairment. Eligible impairments would be the loss of a hand or both feet and a significantly limited function of one hip joint.

The 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships run from 12-18 August and feature around 500 of the world's best athletes from nearly 60 countries - the biggest gathering of swimmers since London 2012. Follow @IPCSwimming on Twitter or like us at Facebook.com/IPCSwimming for behind the scenes pictures, updates on results and world records, or visit the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships live results page.

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