Third day of finals at the CITI World Series Para Swimming 2024: British swimmer Alice Tai shines again

The third day of finals concluded with a victory in the women’s 200m individual medley for the US athlete Olivia Chambers (SM13 964 points). The silver was claimed by Carlotta Gilli (SM13 954 pts), earning Italy’s only medal today, while Lam Yui Chan (SM14 946 pts) of Hong Kong secured the bronze.

With a score of 1092 points, British Alice Tai (S8) clinched gold in the women’s 100m backstroke, marking her return this season after a challenging period:

“I’m really excited for the Trials next month. You know, it’s been the fastest performance I’ve had since my amputation. It’s two seconds faster than what I did at last year’s Worlds, so I’m really happy. I’ve had surgeries on all my limbs except my left leg since 2020, so it’s been quite tough. But I really had to rediscover my love for swimming because it’s really tough to get injured and come back. And I hadn’t realized it would be this tough. So I’m more in love with swimming now than I ever have been. And whatever happens, I’m just happy to be here,” the English athlete shared.

“Thinking about Paris, I’d like to keep getting faster and faster. I think among all my races, the 100 backstroke is where I probably get closest to my pre-amputation condition, so it’s really important to work on this race, and everything else is a bonus,” Tai concluded.

In the men’s field, Turkish swimmer Aslan Yaraman Turgut (S7 888 pts) took gold in the 50m butterfly ahead of 35-year-old Ukrainian Yaroslav Semenenko (S5 875 pts), with bronze going to Thai swimmer Aekkarin Noithat (S6 818 pts).

Gold in the men’s 200m individual medley went to Rodion Berdnik (SM14 960 pts), followed by Ukrainian Dmytro Vanzenko (SM14 960 pts). Aslan Yaraman Turgut (S7 916 pts) claimed his second medal of the day, bronze, after winning gold in the 50m butterfly.

With one day remaining in this World Series in Lignano, Italy maintains the lead in the medal table (5 golds, 6 silvers, and 2 bronzes), but with only one gold ahead of Great Britain (4 golds and 2 bronzes). The United States of America returns to third place with 2 golds, 3 silvers, and 2 bronzes.

The last day of competitions promises more great performances at the Bella Italia swimming pool in Lignano Sabbiadoro.