In this week’s post we tell you all the details of the event and the results so far.
Since June 12, the Para Swimming World Championship has been taking place at the Funchal Swimming Pool Complex on the island of Madeira. It is the largest Paralympic sporting event ever held in Portugal and has the participation of 502 athletes from 59 countries.
Italy leads the medal tally on the third day of the competition (11 golds, 7 silvers and 10 bronzes). It is followed by the United States (9 golds, 2 silvers and 2 bronzes), Great Britain (8 golds, 4 silvers and 5 bronzes), Brazil (7 golds, 6 silvers and 9 bronzes) and Colombia (5 golds, 3 silvers and 1 bronze).
The first Madeira 2022 gold medal went to Brazil’s Maria Carolina Santiago in the 100m butterfly.
For its part, the United States won three golds on the first day, all in women’s categories. Leanne Smith won an American record in the 50m breaststroke SB3. Morgan Stickney and Julia Gaffney triumphed in the 400m freestyle S8 and 200m medley SM7 respectively.
On Sunday, Italian swimmers already won six gold medals. Stefano Raimondi became back-to-back world champion in the men’s 100m breaststroke SB9. The other victories for the country came from Alberto Amodeo, Efrem Morelli, Francesco Bocciardo, Giulia Ghiretti and Carlotta Gilli.
Great Britain’s Tully Kearny retained her world title in the women’s 50m freestyle S5, although she lowered her record.
The United States won more golds than the rest of the teams, four on the second day. McKenzie Coan won her third consecutive world title in the women’s 400m freestyle S7. A few months earlier, the young woman had doubts about taking part in the competition, as she had fractured her knee. Nevertheless, she was the first to stand on the podium.
Also winning gold on Monday were Americans Leanne Smith, Robert Griswold and Collen Young.
Brazil’s Samuel Oliveira shone with two gold medals on the same day. There were also two world records for Italy and Australia: Antonio Fantin (men’s 100 m freestyle S6 in 1:03.65) and Timothy Hodge (men’s 200 m medley SM9 in 2:13.43).
The U.S. team broke the relay world record. Elli Marks, Rudy Garcia-Tolson, Abbas Karimi and Leanne Smith achieved a time of 2:32.49 in 4×50 m 20pts mixed combined relay.
The United States managed to pass Great Britain and move into second place in the medal standings. In addition, the third day featured Singapore’s Yip Pin Xiu, who won her second award in three days and defended her world title in the 100m backstroke S2, and Spain’s Marta Fernandez, who was crowned with two gold medals in less than an hour.
If you don’t already, we encourage you to follow the competition live on the Paralympic Games YouTube channel and see how it ends.
So far, what has been your favorite Madeira 2022 moment?