Two Russian athletes won gold medals at the Summer Paralympics in Tokyo on Saturday. At the same time, they set world records in swimming.
Russian Andrei Granichka finished first in the 200m breaststroke. The athlete swam the distance in a minute and 25.13 seconds, which is a new world record, transfers Interfax.
Spaniard Anthony Ponce Bertrand took second place, 1.48 seconds back, and Li Junsheng from China (+3.88) came third. Athletes represent the category of athletes with musculoskeletal disorders.
Granichka’s medal is the 13th gold medal in the collection of the Russian national team at the Paralympics. In addition, Russian athletes have earned 7 silver and 18 bronze medals. At the same time, Granichka, earlier in Tokyo, became the silver medalist in the 200 m swimming complex swimming.
Also on Saturday in Tokyo, 23-year-old Russian Roman Zhdanov became a two-time swimming champion. In the 150 m swim in complex swimming, he won, covering the distance in 2 minutes 21.17 seconds, which is also a new world record. Israeli Ami Omer Dadaon, who became the second, was 8.31 seconds behind him. The bronze medalist of the swim, Japan’s Takayuki Suzuki, was 19.36 seconds behind the Russian.
Athletes represent the category of athletes with musculoskeletal disorders.
Earlier in Tokyo, Zhdanov with a world record won the 50 m breaststroke, and after that he won bronze in the 100 m freestyle.
Another gold medal was won on Saturday by Elena Prokofieva, who competed in table tennis. In the final, she defeated the representative of France Lea Fernet – 11: 4, 8:11, 11: 8, 11: 5. Athletes represent the category of athletes with intellectual disabilities.
And the Russian athlete Alexander Yaremchuk became the champion in the 1,500 m race. He ran the distance in 3 minutes 52.08 seconds. The second place was taken by the Bulgarian Christian Stoyanov (3: 52.63), the third – by the Ugandan David Emong (3: 53.51). Athletes perform in the category of athletes with musculoskeletal disorders.