The Italian leg of the 2022 Para Swimming World Series has officially started with the S1-S5 50m men backstroke event. Waiting for the authorities’ greetings, scheduled before the afternoon finals, the swimmers started racing.
The first big shot comes from Gabriel Feiten (BRA), setting the new American record in the 50 back S1 in 1.21.29 (previous 1.21.57): “I’m very happy with this record, I’ve been working hard to make it happen and to qualify for the World championships next June”.
Another American record by Gabriel Geraldo Dos Santos Araujo (BRA), 2.00.22 100m free S2. “It has been a great race, her in Lignano I will compete in many distances and I hope to do well in any event. It’s the first race of the year and I hope to improve more and more throughout the year”.
Same story in the women’s field, with two American records in the 200m free race by Fabiola Ramirez (MEX, S2, 5.36.76) e Lidia Vieira Da Cruz (BRA S4, 3.143.91).
Amazing results that drew the attention of Roberto Valori, president of the Italian Paralympic swimming federation (FINP): “It’s incredible the way this event grows more and more and becomes bigger and better and smarter. That’s why I’d like to thank the Local organizing committee and its president Daniele Zotti, the staff and all the volunteers here in Lignano. An incredibile show that makes me proud: a great team work to build anything really steady”.