Gabrielzinho wins third gold in the Paralympic Swimming World

Gabriel Araújo won his third gold at the Worlds (Photo: Alê Cabral/CPB)

Brazil won six more medals at the Paralympic Swimming World Cup, in Madeira Island, Portugal, this Friday (17th). Gabriel Araújo, known as Gabrielzinho, was the main highlight, winning gold in the 50m backstroke S2. The 49-point mixed 4x100m freestyle relay was also champion. José Ronaldo was silver in the 50m backstroke S1, while Phelipe Rodrigues was bronze in the 100m freestyle S10, as well as Mariana Gesteira in the 100m backstroke S9 and the mixed 4x100m medley relay of the S14 class.

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Gabriel Araújo was left in the 50m backstroke of the S2 class and took the gold with a time of 53.24, a new record in the Americas. He won with almost four seconds of difference over the second place, the Polish Jacek Czech, silver with 57.04. Chilean Alberto Diaz took bronze, at 57.38.

It was Gabrielzinho’s third gold medal in this Paralympic Swimming World Championship, after the titles in the 100m backstroke and 200m freestyle, always in the S2 class. It is worth noting that he is 20 years old and, despite being Paralympic champion in Tokyo 2020 and one of the main names of the Games, this is his first participation in World Championships.

relay is gold

Also going back to Brazil with a suitcase full of gold medals is Maria Carolina Santiago, who won her seventh medal at this Worlds, her sixth gold medal. She was part of the 49-point mixed 4x100m freestyle Brazilian relay, along with Lucilene Sousa, Douglas Matera and Wendell Belarmino, who won gold in 3:54.26. Spain and Great Britain completed the podium.

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Maria Carol Santiago celebrates another gold at the World Cup (Photo: Alê Cabral/CPB)

In the 4x100m mixed medley relay of the S14 class, Brazil won the bronze medal, with Ana Karolina de Oliveira, Débora Carneiro, Gabriel Bandeira and João Brutos. The team scored 4:13.35. In a thrilling finish, Great Britain took gold in 4:09.29, leaving Australia with silver in 4:09.30.

Other individual medals

José Ronaldo won the silver medal in the 50m backstroke S1, beating the Americas record with 1:19.47. Despite this, he was far from the gold, which was with the Ukrainian Anton Kol, scoring 1:14.37. The Greek Dimitrios Karypidis was bronze at 1:26.73. It was the third podium for the Brazilian, who is 41 years old, at this World Cup, after two bronze medals.

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José Ronaldo won his third medal at the World Cup (Photo: Alê Cabral/CPB)

After her gold in the 100m freestyle, Mariana Gesteira won the bronze medal in the 100m backstroke in the S9 class, after scoring 1:11.34. Spaniard Nuria Soto took the gold, with 1:10.25, while the American Hannah Aspden was silver, with 1:10.94.


Phelipe Rodrigues was bronze in the 100m freestyle S10, scoring 52.90. He trailed Australian Rowan Crothers, who broke the competition record to take gold, with 50.70, and Italian Stefano Raimondi, silver, with 51.17.

Wendell and Lucas off the podium

Wendell Belarmino was seventh in the 100m S11 final, recording a time of 1:17.58. The Ukrainian Mykhailo Serbin took the gold, with the right to a new championship record, with 1:06.98. Lucas Mozela was fifth in the final of the 100m backstroke S9, with 1:07.08. The winner was the Italian Simone Barlaam, with 59.72, beating the world record.

Brazil has already accumulated 47 medals at this World Cup, 17 of which are gold, nine silver and 21 bronze. The country appears in third place in the medal table, which is led by Italy, with 22 golds, 18 silvers and 13 bronzes (total of 53). The United States appears in second place, with 18 golds and 31 medals.


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