After five days of action packed events, the 2021 Virtus Swimming Championships have closed in Montlucon, France. Initially, the event was scheduled to be held in Brazil, however the Covid pandemic disrupted the plan and the French Virtus Member Organisation ‘Fédération Française du Sport Adapté (FFSA)’ stepped in to deliver a fantastic event.
The event was the last in the Virtus’ competition calendar for the year 2021.
Despite the many hurdles faced by organisers and participants, the event was tremendous. The swimmers achieved some amazing times, and in the II2 eligibility group (for athletes with intellectual disability and significant additional impairment) 5 new World and European Records were set, a testament to the hard work and dedication of the athletes and their coaches in these difficult times.
Camino Martinez de la Riva Spain broke two World records in II2 category.
New World Records:
- 200m Individual Medley- Cléo Renou (France)- 3:23.21 sec
- 400m Freestyle – Camino Martinez de la Riva (Spain)- 6:13.24 sec
- 200m Freestyle – Camino Martinez de la Riva (Spain)- 2:55.01 sec
- 200m Individual Medley – Guillermo Gracia Nunez (Spain)- 2:54.55 sec
- 100m Butterfly – Axel Belig (France) – 1:13.78 sec
Virtus Swimming director, Dave Harman said, “Everybody at the event should feel immensely proud of this achievement, the LOC, French officials and volunteers, and the athletes and teams who persevered through stringent Covid protocols to attend. For a small event it has made a big impact, giving athletes a much needed competition opportunity with World and Regional Records, and giving the French LOC experience in developing and delivering a major event in readiness for the Global Games in 2023. From me, as the Virtus Swimming Director, I applaud everybody involved, and thank the organizing committee for their hard work and dedication, this is what Virtus sport is all about, success in the face of adversity. Thank you all, and very well done.”
Full results are available here.