Russia claimed six of the eight gold medals on offer in swimming events at the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) World Games in Seoul.
Alexsandr Golintovskii led the country’s domination in the Tacheon Swimming Pool by winning the men’s 400m freestyle S14 category event in 4 minutes 17.26 seconds, with the Russia team claiming all three medals.
Alexsandr Nevolin Svetov, Andrei Bukov and Oxana Savchenko added to the gold medal tally by claiming victories in the men’s 100m backstroke S11, S12 and women’s 100m S11/12 disciplines respectively, while Roman Markarov and Darya Stukalova earned titles in the men’s 50m butterfly and women’s 400m freestyle S11/12 events.
China’s Bozun Yang and Uzbekistan’s Dmitriy Horlin secured the remaining gold medals on the second day of swimming competition in the men’s 100m backstroke S11 and 400m S11/12 freestyle competitions.
While Russia were successful in the pool, Iran and the Ukraine earned three golds apiece in the powerlifting competitions.
Volodymr Dranyy, Iurii Romaniuk and Roman Kurov clinched gold for the Ukraine in the men’s 60, 67.5 and 75kg competitions.
Sajjad Khaledan of Iran received a total of 465 points to win the men’s 56 kilogram event, before his compatriots Ahad Javaheri Moghanlou and Hamid Pakbaz secured men’s 82.5 and 90kg gold with 640 and 590 points respectively.
Iran’s athletics team also enjoyed success with Saman Pakbaz winning both the men’s F12 shotput and discus, while Azerbaijan, Croatia and the United States earned a solitary gold in the field events in the Incheon Munhak Stadium.
Turkey’s Semih Deniz and Oguz Akbulut clinched victories in the men’s 1500m events, while Russia, Mozambique and Thailand saw their athletes claim titles in different 100m competitions.
The Anyang Hoegye Gymnasium, home to ten-pin bowling at the Games, saw Japan emerge as the dominant force as Chiemi Inque and Yumiko Iwashita won the B1 and B2 women’s singles, while Akiko missed out on gold in the B3 event by one point to Czech Republic’s Vera Machackova.
Toru Mori got Japan back to winning ways in the men’s B2 final, before Taiwan’s Yu-Hsiao secured a comprehensive win over home favourite Jin Hyung in the men’s B3 event.
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