Brazil makes historic campaign at the Paralympic Swimming World Cup

Brazil makes historic campaign at the Paralympic Swimming World Cup

This Saturday (18) Brazil ended a historic campaign in an edition of the Paralympic Swimming World Cup. This is because in the competition held at the Funchal Olympic Swimming Pool Complex, on Madeira Island (Portugal), the Brazilian delegation was in third overall position with 53 medals (9 golds, 10 silvers and 24 bronzes).Brazil makes historic campaign at the Paralympic Swimming World Cup

First place went to Italy, with 64 medals in total (27 gold, 24 silver, 13 bronze), and second to the United States, with 40 medals (24 gold, nine silver and seven bronze).

“[Estamos] very happy with the results achieved. It was hard work, a very big renovation process, and a mix with some athletes with good experience, in a very good exchange that contributes to this campaign, which makes us very confident for what can happen in the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games. Of course, there is still a long way to go, but we are confident. We have to thank all the clubs, the coaches and the multidisciplinary team that gave all the support so that we could carry out this historic campaign”, declared the director of High Performance of the Brazilian Paralympic Committee (CPB), Jonas Freire.

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Brazil reached the last day of disputes seeking to improve even more a campaign that was already historic and, for this to be possible, the conquest of gold medals was essential. And they came. First with Mariana Gesteira, who won the 50-meter freestyle event in the S9 class with a time of 28s18. This was the third medal for the Brazilian in the competition, who commented on all her effort in the competition: “I was already very tired, but I worked a lot on resilience, this was the ninth time I swam here on Madeira Island, and I had to do well deep inside me to achieve this result. It was the second best personal mark of my entire life in this race. I really wanted to be here, I entered this race with the feeling of farewell, the last crash this year at this Worlds, in this pool”.

The other achievement had as protagonist Gabriel Bandeira, in the 100 meters butterfly (class S14) with a time of 55.02. Despite not achieving his best performance, the paulista made it clear that he was happy with the achievement: “This race was very difficult, especially on the last day, the time I did was not what I wanted, but I’m happy for the gold”.

In addition to the gold medals, on the last day of competitions on Madeira Island, Brazil secured a Brazilian double in the 200-meter freestyle in the S4 class, with Lídia Cruz in second place and Patrícia Santos in third, and the bronzes in the 100-meter freestyle by Larissa Rodrigues in the S3 and Joaninha Neves in S5.

The next Paralympic Swimming World Cup will be held in July 2023 in Manchester (England).

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