OTTAWA, July 15, 2013 /CNW/ - In just four weeks' time the world's
greatest swimmers - from a record number of countries - will gather in
Montreal, Canada for the biggest international swimming competition
since London 2012.
The 2013 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Swimming World
Championships will take place from 12-18 August and will see over 500
athletes from 57 countries looking to place themselves firmly on the
map ahead of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Amongst them will be nine-time Paralympic Champion and reigning World
Champion in the 200m individual medley S10, Benoit Huot from Montreal,
Canada. He will face Brazilian Andre Brasil, who has picked up seven
Paralympic titles and nine World titles, and newcomer Ian Silverman of
the USA, who collected gold in London in the 400m freestyle. Speaking
to Paralympic.org, Huot said:
"The 200m individual medley is still my strongest event. Andre is
dominating every single stroke, except the breast stroke. It will
definitely be the race to watch at Montreal 2013.
"Ian Silverman is an upcomer. He beat me in the backstroke in April in
Minneapolis. He was at home, he is young, he is fresh and he has lots
of energy coming out of London. He is definitely going to be the one to
Ten-time Paralympic Champion Daniel Dias is hoping to continue his
blistering form from London 2012 on his road to his home Paralympics in
Rio 2016. He has already broken the 100m butterfly S5 world record
(1:17.70) in the lead up to the Worlds at May's German internationals
in Berlin. His biggest rival will be American Roy Perkins.
Whilst Dias cleaned up in London, Perkins was not far behind picking up
a silver in the 100m freestyle S5 and 50m butterfly S5 and bronze in
both the 50m and 200m freestyle S5.
American Jessica Long has become a superstar in the States following her
stunning career successes to date in the S8 class including at London
2012, where she picked up five golds, one silver and one bronze. At the
last World Championships in 2010 in Eindhoven, Long won five World
titles following on from her amazing success in 2006 where she broke 18
world records at the World Champs in Durban, South Africa.
Entering a World Championships for the first time in Montreal will be
Namibia, Georgia and Armenia. The number of countries entering has
grown steadily over the years and peaks in Montreal with 57 currently
confirmed to compete in 170 medal events.
At the last World Championships in 2010 in Eindhoven, the Netherlands,
Ukraine topped the medals table with 58 medals. They were closely
followed by the USA with 57 and Russia with 43.
The competition will be staged at the world renowned parc Jean Drapeau
which has previously hosted the FINA World Championships, in the first
time an event of this kind has been held in North America. Montreal has
a long history of hosting major international sporting competitions and
the IPC Swimming World Championships will feature strongly in the busy
Montreal Summer calendar.
Tickets for Montreal 2013 are available from https://billets-tickets.montrealipc2013.com/ from as little as 11.50 CAD for a child day ticket and 17.00 CAD for an
Notes to the Editor
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing
body of the Paralympic Movement, and also acts as the International
Federation for nine sports, including swimming.
The sport is governed by the IPC and co-ordinated by the IPC Swimming
Sports Technical Committee, offering a wide range of competitions and
events for male and female athletes in all impairment groups.
For further information, please visit www.paralympic.org/swimming, www.twitter.com/IPCSwimming, www.facebook.com/IPCSwimming or www.ParalympicSport.TV.
SOURCE: Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC)
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