Swimmers to watch with 50 days until Eindhoven 2014
A total of 22 swimmers with 98 Paralympic and 123 world gold medals have been listed ahead of the 2014 swimming Euros and other major competitions.17 Jun 2014
The Netherlands' Marc Evers prepares for the start of the men's 100m backstorke S14 heats at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Starring for the host nation of the Euros in Eindhoven, Marc Evers now gets recognised in supermarkets after winning gold at London 2012 and a hat-trick of wins at Montreal 2013.
With 50 days to go until August’s 2014 IPC Swimming European Championships, IPC Swimming has revealed a list of 22 athletes to watch out for over the next 12 months, and it includes 10 of Europe’s best swimmers
The complete list hold a total of 98 Paralympic and 123 world individual golds between them, and are also likely to compete at October’s Incheon 2014 Asian Para Games, the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games and the Glasgow 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships.
Following the retirement of his brother Sam, Oliver will be flying the flag for team Hynd. Already a Paralympic and double world champion, there is no doubt that his proud mother Helen will be cheering him on.
Oleysa Vladykina (RUS), 26, S8
After lighting the Sochi 2014 Paralympic flame, Vladykina has gained further fame and notoriety as one of Russia’s most prolific Paralympians. With a total of four Games and seven worlds podiums, Vladykina enters Eindhoven 2014 as one of the athletes to beat.
Darya Stukalova (RUS), 19, S12
The daughter of two swimming coaches, it is no wonder that at her first World Championships in 2013, the young Voronezh native took five gold medals to add to her four podiums from London 2012.
Currently holds three world records and won the most golds - six - out of the entire medals-table topping Ukrainian team at Montreal 2013.
Olga Sviderska (UKR), 24, S3
Targeting a gold medal at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Sviderska put herself firmly on the map in 2013 by winning five individual world titles.
Darko Duric (SLO), 24, S4
Nicknamed ‘dare’, Duric finally broke through onto the worlds podium, not once but three times, at the World Championships in Montreal and is now back in Europe to follow up on his strong performance from the 2011 Euros.
Xu believes that the fish-shaped tattoo on his shoulder makes him swim faster and the six-time Paralympic champion might well be right, proving his form with a further three medals at Montreal 2013 ahead of Incheon 2014.
Freney’s remarkable performances at London 2012 entered her into the record books when eight gold medals from eight events placed her as the most successful athlete at the Games and the most successful athlete at a single Games ever.