Emotions soared as the identical twins made history, standing side by side on the podium for the very first time. In the Women’s 100m Breaststroke, Debora glided towards her first World Championship title by just 0.61 seconds ahead of her twin sister, Beatriz.
“This is my first World Championships gold and to share the podium with my sister is a big emotion. We focused on this time of 1:15, we wrote it down in our notebooks and we got it,” Debora told WPS.
Despite competing in the same event for quite some time, this was the first time they shared the podium together, making it an unforgettable and heartwarming moment for both athletes and spectators.
The twins made a name for themselves at the 2023 Virtus Global Games by winning five golds and one silver each, with Debora winning an extra silver.
Japanese ace swimmer stays unbeatable in Men’s 100m Breaststroke. Naohide Yamaguchi (JPN) and Nicholas Bennett (CAN), long-time rivals, battled fiercely in the pool, leaving spectators on the edge of their seats. The reigning champion, Yamaguchi, delivered a stunning performance, outswimming Bennett with an impressive Championships Record time of 1:03.71.
Australian breaststroker Jake Michel finished third by clocking 1:04.62 for Bronze.
Great Britain’s Mixed S14 4x100m Freestyle Relay quartet, comprising William Ellard, Jessica-Jane Applegate, Poppy Maskill, and Jordan Catchpole, emerged victorious, securing Great Britain’s first relay medal of the competition. William Ellard’s strong start gave the team an early advantage, and Jessica-Jane Applegate held their position well despite competition from Hong Kong. Poppy Maskill’s impressive performance reclaimed the lead, and Jordan Catchpole’s anchor leg sealed the win, ensuring Britain retained the title for the third consecutive world championship.
“I’m absolutely ecstatic to do this with the team, seeing Jordan close it out with an insane leg is incredible”, Applegate told British Swimming.
“I was a bit petrified about going out second as traditionally that’s been a male leg in our lineup, so I feel I got a bit excited, went out a bit quick and the last 50m was excruciating but we carried each other as a team which was great.”
Catchpole who scored his first medal from the relay added,
“I know what I’m capable of so I had confidence in myself diving in on that last leg that we’d get gold. I knew there’d be some strong anchor legs chasing me down but I knew we had it after the team put me in such a good position.”
The hosts takes the last🥇of Day 4️⃣ at #Manchester2023 !
🏊🏼♀️🏊🏾♀️🏊🏼♂️🏊🏿♂️ Mixed 4x100m freestyle relay S14:
🥇Great Britain 🇬🇧
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As the competition enters its final stretch, the host nation is setting the pace in the S14 events medal tally. With an impressive lead, all eyes are on them to see if they can maintain their position in the remaining three days of fierce competition or face a challenge from other talented athletes.