The World Para-swimming Championship kicked off yesterday in the beautiful island of Madeira. The event will continue until 18 June.
On day-1, the audience witnessed some thrilling race for the final of S-14 200m freestyle for Men and Women.
S14 Men’s 200m Freestyle
While all eyes were glued on World Record holder and Paralympic champion Reece Dunn from Great Britain, Gabriel Bandeira from Brazil and Nicholas Bennett from Canada put up a dramatic race for the audience.
Leading the race in the first lap was Gabriel Bandeira who was soon left behind by Nicholas in the second lap giving some hope to Canadians for the Gold. However, Gabriel made a great comeback in the third lap and grabbed the gold with a new World Championship record of 1:52.42sec leaving the silver for Nicholas (1:54.41sec).
Bandeira missed the world record just by 0:00.02sec.
Benjamin Hance from Australia settles for Bronze with a timing of 1:56.14sec.
Skip to 1:33.00 to watch the race and to 2:49.22sec for the medal ceremony.
S14 Women’s 200m Freestyle
World Record holder Bethany Firth from Great Britain lead the race from the beginning. With almost a 5m gap by the end of the second lap, it was difficult for her fellow British swimmer Jessica-Jane Applegate to close up the distance who was swimming in the second place.
Australia’s Ruby Storm was chasing Louise Fiddes for the Bronze but was not successful in her attempt.
The podium was dominated by the British swimmers, with Bethany (2:08.72sec) taking the Gold, Jessica-Jane taking the Silver with 2:10.26sec and Louise Fiddes grabbing the last podium spot with 2:13.07sec.
Skip to 1:39.0 to watch the race and to 2:52.40sec for the medal ceremony.
For live results, visit https://www.paralympic.org/madeira-2022/schedule-results