Sprints to entertain at Glasgow 2015

A series of exciting rivalries, which have been developing over the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships, will be highlighted in the 50m freestyle races. 16 Jul 2015
Two women smiling at each other in a swimmig pool after a race

Ellie Simmonds of Great Britain smiles to winner Yelyzaveta Mereshko of the Ukraine after she competes in the Women's 100m Freestyle Final S6 at the 2014 IPC Swimming European Championships in Eindhoven.

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Great Britain’s Eleanor Simmonds and new Ukrainian rival Yelyzaveta Mereshko will go head-to-head once again on Thursday (16 July) at the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow, Great Britain.

Simmonds was sensationally beaten by Mereshko in the 400m freestyle S6 on the first day of competition (13 July), an event that she had won gold in at every World Championships and Paralympic Games since 2008.

The pair’s qualifying times are once again close in the 50m freestyle, leaving everything to play for in the sprint.

Here are some other highlights from day four at Glasgow 2015.

Women’s 50m freestyle S9

Any one of a number of athletes could take victory in this race, but three in particular catch the eye.

Spain’s reigning world and European champion Sarai Gascon set her 29.04 world record at the 2014 IPC Swimming European Championships in Eindhoven, the Netherlands just under one year ago.

However Australia’s London 2012 bronze medallist Ellie Cole has been lighting up the pool this week, and has a 100 per cent win record with two gold medals. The 50m free is her last event so she will be aiming to go out on a high.

And like Cole, the USA’s 2015 world No.1 Michele Konkoly will also swim for the last time at Glasgow 2015 in this race.

Men’s 100m free S4

South Korea’s Giseong Jo has made a sensational debut at Glasgow 2015, bursting onto the top of the podium in the men’s 200m freestyle S4 on the opening day of competition (13 July) with a new Championships record.

Slovenian world champion Darco Duric is lower down the rankings than he would surely like, but Mexico’s Paralympic gold medallist Gustavo Sanchez Martinez is still in the top three.

It remains to be seen whether Jo can produce another great performance to leap-frog the best in the world once again.

The 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships will feature around 580 of the world’s best swimmers from nearly 70 countries. The event is also the biggest qualification opportunity ahead of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Tickets are still available from as little as GBP 10/15 for heats/finals. Children under 16 go free (terms and conditions apply).

Live coverage and results from all seven days will be shown at Glasgow2015.com, and live updates posted to @IPCSwimming and Facebook.com/IPCSwimming.