It did not take long for World Records to start tumbling in the pool, with five World Records being broken in just the morning session of swimming on the first day of competition at the Paralympic Games in Rio on Thursday.
Two youngsters set the first two swimming World Records of the Games, as Lisa Kruger marked her Paralympic Games debut with a World Record time of 1:15.47 in the women’s 100m breaststroke SB9. Uzbek teenager Fotimakhon Amilova broke the women’s 100m butterfly S13 world record with a 1:04.72 in her heat.
Hongguang Jia was the first male world record in the pool as he swam the 100m backstroke S6 in 1:12.67. The Chinese swimmer was surprised by his performance, saying after the race “that was not what I was planning!”
China continued to break World Records and they added the women’s 100m backstroke S6 along with the men’s. That record went to Lingling Song who beat her teammate with a time of 1:24.66 to take possession of the record.
Despite missing the World Championships, British swimmer Bethany Firth showed that she has recovered from that injury. Firth won the 100m backstroke S14 in a world record time of 1:05.53 to qualify fastest, for the fifth World Record of the morning session.