Ukraine dominated once again on the final night of the World Para Swimming European Championships in Dublin with five gold medals - although the only world record of the night came from Italy, who finished up with four titles in the session.
Simone Barlaam of Italy was the world record breaker on the night at the National Aquatcs Centre as he won the men’s 50 metres freestyle S9 event in 25.00sec, taking 0.13 seconds off the record set by Australia’s Matthew Cowdrey at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.
Ukraine’s golden run was begun by their Rio 2016 champion Yelyzaveta Mereshko, winner of the women’s 100m freestyle S6 final in 1 min 11.51sec, and in the next race compatriot Maksym Krypak won the men’s 100m freestyle S10 event in a European record of 50.92.
Yaroslav Semenenko added to the Ukrainian gold tally with victory in the men’s 50m butterfly S5 final in 35.90, and a fourth gold arrived courtesy of Vasyl Krainyk, winner of the men’s 200m individual medley SM14 in 2:12.72.
The final Ukrainian gold of the night came in the concluding men’s event, the 4x100m medley relay 34 pts, in a time of 4:12.82.
There was much celebration of a home gold in the pool thanks to Ellen Keane, who came home first in the women’s 100m breaststroke SB8 in a time of 1:23.29.
Britain claimed three golds of its own on the closing night as Michael Jones won the men’s 400m freestyle S7 in 4:48.54, Bethany Firth won the women’s 200m individual medley SM14 in 2:22.82, and the women’s team won the final event of the evening, and Championships, the 4x100m medley relay 34pts, in 4:53.62.