Nora Meister, Carlotta Gilli and Simone Barlaam all broke world records on the fourth day of action at the European Para Swimming Championships in Madeira, Portugal.
The first record of the evening at the Penteada Olympic Pools Complex in Funchal came courtesy of 17-year-old Meister of Switzerland, who won the women’s 400 metres freestyle S6 in 5min 12.87sec.
Meister left her rivals trailing in the wake, with silver medallist Yelyzaveta Mereshko of Ukraine 12.13 seconds behind as she finished in 5:25.00.
The podium was completed by Verena Schott of Germany who claimed bronze in 5:49.25.
The second world record of the night, and the first of two for Italian swimmers, went to Gilli in the women’s 100m backstroke S13.
Gilli was victorious in 1:05.56 as she bettered her own world record, with the silver medal going to Anna Krivshina of Russia in 1:06.52 and bronze to Roisin Ni Riain of Ireland in 1:09.37.
💥BOOM💥@SBarlaam wins the gold smashing his own previous WORLD RECORD 🔥🤟🇮🇹— Para Swimming (@Para_swimming) May 19, 2021
WHAT A PERFORMANCE 👀 in the men’s 100m freestyle S9 (53.03).
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Italy claimed another world record in the men’s 100m freestyle S9 with Barlaam bettering his own record on the way to triumphing in 53.03sec.
The silver medallist Ugo Didier finished almost three seconds behind Barlaam in 55.95, with the bronze medal going to Bogdan Mozgovoi of Russia in 56.24.
Barlaam and Gilli were among four Italian gold medallists on the night, with the country’s other victories coming courtesy of Antonio Fantin in the men’s 400m freestyle S6 and Xenia Palazzo in the women’s 100m freestyle S8.
It was also a good night for Ukraine who claimed four golds, courtesy of Mykhailo Serbin in the men’s 200m individual medley SM11, Denys Ostapchenko in the men’s 50m backstroke S3, Anna Hontar in the women’s 100m backstroke S7 and in the final event of the night - the mixed 4x100m medley relay 49 points.
Another busy night of action saw 20 finals contested, with gold medals also going to swimmers from Spain, Russia, Israel, Chile, Belarus, Azerbaijan and Greece.
Action is taking place behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic and is scheduled to continue tomorrow with another busy day of racing.