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Mexico City 2017: Gilli-Meyers rivalry to reach new heights

by ZwemZa on December 5th, 2017
 The USA's Rebecca Meyers celebrates her gold medal in the women's 200m individual medley SM13 at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. © • Wagner Meier

The USA’s Rebecca Meyers celebrates her gold medal in the women’s 200m individual medley SM13 at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. © • Wagner Meier

A new chapter in the growing rivalry between Carlotta Gilli and Rebecca Meyers will be written on day four (5 December) of competition at the World Para Swimming Championships in Mexico City, as they face-off in the women’s 50m and 400m freestyle S13.

They have already swum against each other in the women’s 100m freestyle S13 and the 100m butterfly S12-13, with the Italian teenager emerging as triumphant in both races. Gilli even set a new world record of 1:02.64 in the latter.

While Mexico City 2017 is Gilli’s first international competition, three-time Paralympic champion Meyers has already claimed four golds over two World Championships.

Another exciting head-to-head will feature South Koreans Inkook Lee and Wonsang Cho in the men´s 200m freestyle S14. Paralympic champion Lee will start as favourite, but Cho will not compete just to make up the numbers.

Chinese stars

China have claimed 15 golds, five silvers and four bronze so far and are hoping to maintain their leading position in the medals table on day four of competition.

Lingling Song is one of the main medal hopes for the women’s 100m backstroke S6. The 21-year-old holds the world record of 1:21.43 and is confident she can lower it in Mexico City.

Five-time Paralympic champion Wenpan Huang seeks to win his second gold at the 2017 Worlds in the men’s 50m breaststroke SB2. But he will face tough-opposition from home crowd favourite Diego Lopez of Mexico.

Xu Haijiao aims to win his fourth consecutive World title in the men’s 100m breaststroke SB8, while Paralympic champion Jiao Cheng will need to overtake nothing less than Italy’s 2017 World Series champion Monica Boggioni to win the women’s 50m breaststroke SB3.

Mexican and US hopefuls

Gustavo Sanchez will start as strong favourite in the men’s 50m freestyle S4, hoping to give Mexico their fourth gold at the World Championships.

US swimming legend Jessica Long aims to claim her 26th World title in the women’s 100m backstroke S8, while compatriot McKenzie Coan will go for her third gold at Mexico City 2017 in the women’s 50m butterfly S7.

Other big names competing

Colombian Paralympic champion Carlos Serrano wants to add two more golds to his medal tally, after winning two golds and one bronze over the first three days of competition, when he swims the men’s 50 butterfly S7 and 100m breaststroke SB7.

Three-time Mexico City 2017 champion Ihar Boki of Belarus will continue his quest for seven golds in the men’s 50m freestyle S13 and the men´s 100m breaststroke SB13. Brazil’s multiple-Paralympic champion Daniel Dias will jump into the pool again in the men’s 50m freestyle S5.

More information on the World Para Powerlifting Championships, including live coverage, results and athlete profiles can be found on Mexico City 2017’s website.

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