Gabriel Bandeira breaks 100m butterfly world record



Photo: Ale Cabral/CPB

The great name of the Brazilian Paralympic Swimming Championship so far has been Gabriel Bandeira. The S14 class swimmer (for athletes with intellectual disabilities) broke the 100m butterfly world record this Friday with a time of 54.18

Current Paralympic champion of the event, Gabriel won his sixth medal in this Brazilian Championship with his victory in the 100m butterfly. This Friday, at the Paralympic CT, in São Paulo, the Praia Clube athlete managed to improve the 54.76 he had made when he won gold at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. He also surpassed the old world record, which belonged to the British Reece Dunn with 54.46 .

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Gabriel Bandeira won six medals in this edition of the Brazilian Paralympic Swimming Championship so far. There were five golds and one silver. Another great result from Gabriel came in the 100m backstroke, where he managed a time of 58.74, new record in the Americas in class S14.

Lídia Cruz has the 2nd best time in the world in the Brazilian Championship

On the morning of this Friday, 13th, the carioca Lídia Cruz swam the 200m freestyle and won the gold medal in the S4 class with a time of 03:10.20. With this mark, Lídia remains in second place in the world ranking of the year. In April, the 23-year-old had already conquered this position with the mark of 03:11.14. The leader of the ranking is the German Tanja Scholz, with 02min51s53, recorded in the Berlin stage of the World Series (international swimming circuit).

Lídia Cruz Brazilian Paralympic Swimming Championship
Lídia Cruz competing in the Brazilian Championship (Photo: Ale Cabral/CPB)

In two days of the Brazilian Championship, Lídia has already accumulated four medals (three golds and one silver). The other two gold medals came in the 50m backstroke (54s74) and the 100m freestyle (1min26s78), which proves that she is also in second place in the ranking. Silver came in the 150m medley (03min09s26).

Like Gabriel, Lídia is part of the group of 29 swimmers who will represent Brazil in the Swimming World Cup, between June 12 and 18, in Madeira Island, Portugal. Check the summons here. “It’s still sinking in that I’m going to the Worlds. I did the time, but I only believed it when I saw my name on the summons. It will only fall there when I am there”, said the athlete.

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“Now it’s time to continue training so I don’t get ugly. I want to show that Brazil still has many good athletes, not just the old ones”, added Lídia, who will still swim in the 50m freestyle this Saturday.

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