Cuba’s Lorenzo Perez set the second swimming world record of the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games on Wednesday (12 August) evening, with a stunning swim in the men’s 100m freestyle S6.
The 29-year-old, who earlier this week won the 400m freestyle, clocked 1:04.60 to lower the previous record set in October 2009 by 0.85 seconds. Colombia’s Nelson Crispin (1:06.17) took silver with Brazil’s Talisson Glock (1:10.84) the bronze.
On an evening that featured 15 medal events, Brazil won five of them.
Eden Garcia (53.73) started the gold run beating the Mexican pair of Nely Miranda (54.25) and Haidee Aceves (1:07.87) in the women’s 50m backstroke S4.
Multi-world and Paralympic champion Daniel Dias (32.41) remains unbeaten in Toronto and claimed his fourth gold of the Games with a new Parapan record in the men’s 50m freestyle S5. Teammate Clodaldo Da Silva (34.94) and Mexico’s Edger Pineda (38.52) completed the podium.
In the very next race Joana Da Silva (38.90) also set a Games record to claim her fourth gold in the women’s equivalent, finishing well ahead of teammate Esthefany De Oliveira (45.72). Bronze went to the USA’s Haley Bernanbaum (50.05).
Ruiter Silva (2:26.42) topped the podium in the men’s 200m individual medley SM9 with teammate Lias Mozela (2:29.18) joining him on the second step. Argentina’s Marco Pulleiro (2:32.36) was third.
Andre Brasil (2:12.22) won his second gold of the Games touching the wall first in the men’s 200m individual medley SM10. The Canadian duo of Benoit Huot (2:14.32) and Alexander Elliot (2:17.45) took silver and bronze respectively.
Hosts Canada won four gold medals on Wednesday evening. The highlight was a sweep of the podium in the men’s 400m freestyle S13, the third occasion the host nation has taken all the medals in one race at the Games. After two silver medals, Devin Gotell (4:27.46) finally won gold with a Games record. Silver went to Nicolas Turbide (4:28.68) whilst Mrak Tyler (4:43.09) took the bronze.
Tess Routliffe (1:39.55) shattered the Games record in the women’s 100m breaststroke SB7. Silver and bronze went to Brazil’s Veronica Almeida (1:40.79) and Canada’s Camille Berube (1:46.97).
Two-time world champion Aurelie Rivard (2:30.89) claimed her third Papran gold with victory in the women’s 200m individual medley SM10. Teammate Katarina Roxon (2:39.45) took silver with a Games record for the SM9 class. Daniela Gimenez (2:39.63) picked up the bronze for Argentina.
Canada’s final gold of the night, their 18th in swimming, was won by Justine Morrier (1:26.46) in the last race of the night, the women’s 100m breaststroke SB14. She shared the podium with teammate Kirstie Kasko (1:29.54) who won bronze and Colombia’s silver medallist Viviana Moraes (1:28.13).
Mexico added two golds to their medal collection thanks to Juan Reyes, who won the men’s 50m backstroke S4, and Doramitzi Hernandez who led home a clean sweep of the podium in the women’s 100m freestyle S6.
A Games record saw Reyes (44.76) home ahead of teammate Gustavo Sanchez (47.14). Bronze went to Brazil’s Ronystony Cordeiro (47.85).
Hernandez (1:21.47) set a Games record to add to the 50m freestyle crown she won on Monday. Vaelria Lopez (1:23.80) and Vianney Trejo (1:23.88) picked up silver and bronze.
It was a busy night for Colombia’s 16-year-old sensation Carlos Serrano as he won his third and fourth gold medals of Toronto 2015. His first (1:05.14) came in the men’s 100m freestyle S7 where he finished ahead of Canada’s Jean-Michel Lavalliere (1:09.16) and Brazil’s Italo Gomes (1:10.33).
Ninety minutes later, he was top of the podium again after victory in the men’s 100m breaststroke SB7. Again he set a Games record with a time of 1:17.66, to finish well clear of Argentina’s Pipo Carlomango (1:34.10) in second and the USA’s Lucas McCrory (1:36.10) in third.
Elian Araya (1:10.91) claimed Argentina’s only gold of the evening in the men’s 100m breaststroke SB14, in an event where the other medallists were Brazil’s Felipe Caltran (1:14.33) and Canada’s Gordie Michie (1:14.36).
Swimming continues on Thursday morning.