Day 2 morning

The second day of competition at the World ParaSwimming Series in Lignano has begun. Here a the enters of the afternoon finals 8 Italian athletes. A morning still full of national records and not only: Italy is  a clear protagonist in the 200 freestyle race with Simone Barlaam setting the new WR S9 with the time of 1’58″34, Federico Bicelli is the new European record holder with the chrono of 2’12″98, Amodeo Alberto and Ranieri Fabrizio with the new Italian record in 2’08″74 and 2’35291 respectively. On the women side, Alessia Scortechini marks the new Italian record S10 with the chrono of 2’20″73.

World Record also for Stefano Raimondi S10 in the 200 butterfly stopping the clock at 02:06.66.

The event is held with the “open” formula; the finals will start at 5PM. Watch here



Simone Barlaam     200 SL S9       2000 01:58.34

Stefano Raimondi   200 FA S10     1998 02:06.66


GOMES SANTIAGO Maria 1985 SB12 Brazil 50 RA 00:35.11

BANDEIRA Gabriel 1999 S14 Brazil 200 FA 02:

MAIDANA CANCINOS Lautaro 2004 S14 Argentina 200 FA 02:12.90


Federico Bicelli 200 SL S7 1999 02:12.98

Brazil start on the top

Many different national teams have fought for the medals in this first day of competitions, as evidence of a broad and growing paralympic swimming movement.
After the morning WR of David Kratochvil (Cze) in the 200 Backstroke S11 (02:28.24), in the evening we’ve witnessed two continental records by Gabriel Geraldo Dos Santos Araujo with 3.36.63 in the S2 100 men freestyle and Angela Procida (Ita) with 4.54.89 in the 150 women individual medley.

Medal table:
Brazil 3-1-0
Italy 1-2-2
Netherlands 1-1-1

Medal table (youth)
Poland 1-2-1
Croatia 1-0-1
Germany 1-0-0

First record

First medal awarded in day one of the Italian leg of the 2023 ParaSwimming World Series, with David Kratochvil (CZE) setting the new world record in the S11 200 backstroke M: 2.28.24.

Christie Raleigh-Crossely (USA) wins the female race.

The event is held with the “open” formula; the finals will start at 5PM (ECT). Here the streaming

WORLD RECORDS KRATOCHVIL David 2007 S11 CZE 200 Backstroke 02:28.24

AFRICAN RECORDS MOSS Matthew 2004 S9 SAF 100 Freestyle 01:07.56

AMERICAN RECORDS DOS SANTOS ARAUJO Gabriel Geraldo 2002 S2 BRA 100 Freestyle 01:56.96

EUROPEAN RECORDS PROCIDA Angela 2000 SM2 ITA 150 Individual Medley 04:53.97

Let’s start!

In a swimming pool finally full and without restrictions related to Covid, the fifth edition of the Citi Para Swimming World Series at the Bella Italia EFA Village in Lignano Sabbiadoro opened: 400 swimmers from 4 Continents that will compete in a long race weekend.
The organization is provided as usual by the Local organizing commette, led by Mr Daniele Zotti.

Referee: Mr Daniele Rocchi – Officials: Sharon Prata, Julia Nuzum, Dave Harman, Pasquale Parrella, Giorgia Zecchi, Paola Zini

Timkeepers: Giovanni Giunta (head), Felice Giunta, Silvano Zandonella, Ilonna Kazorina, Maria Pia Francescato, Leonardo Gargani, Alessandro Tosolini, Sandra Meret, Tiziano Tonial, Perla Paoli.

Speakers: Enrico Cardinale, Lucrezia Foschia.

Start list

Live streaming

World Series 2023

The second leg of the 2023 Paralympic Swimming World Series will start on Thursday 9 March in the Olympic swimming pool of Lignano Sabbiadoro located inside the Bella Italia Village. The circuit involves a total of eight countries.
International membership continues to grow in terms of quality and quantity: this year the event will be valid for the qualifications to the World Cup in Manchester 2023 and the Paralympics in Paris 2024. There will be 50 top athletes in the international ranking and all the Italian athletes who participated in the Tokyo 2021 Paralympics, with the exception of Antonio Fantin and Arjola Trimi for health problems.

Overall in the pool there will be almost 300 swimmers of 44 different nations spanning 4 continents. The team with more participants is Italy with 65 registered athletes, followed by Poland, Argentina, France and Ukraine.

Statement from Craig Nicholson, Head of World Para Swimming

Lignano Sabbiadoro joined the World Series in 2018 and quickly established itself as one of the most exciting Para swimming events in the world. It has become a regular stop to athletes from across all continents where they meet the best of Italy, the team that topped the medals table in the last two World Championships. This will be the first time we come to Lignano under the new format of the Citi Para Swimming World Series, which allowed us to announce the 2023 and 2024 calendars in advance with the support of the Local Organising Committee.

At 11.00 this morning was held at the City Hall of Lignano Sabbiadoro the press conference to present the 2023 edition of the Paraswimming World Series.

Laura Giorgi, Mayor of Lignano Sabbiadoro:
Between FINP, City of Lignano and Bella Italia Village there is a friendship and a long-standing collaboration. A great praise to the organizers and swimmers, who are the stars of this event and ambassadors of sport at all levels and in its purest essence. An example for everyone. Lignano wants to be more and more the City of sport and sport tourism, and for this we are committed and we will engage more and more in the future.

Roberto Valori, President of Italian paralympic swimming federation:
We are very happy to be back in Lignano, with an important number of swimmers that we will do our best to honor thanks to an organization now well-established. We have a great national team. We are honored by the proximity and collaboration with the International paralympic committee both nationally and locally and I want to thank the whole Local organizing comittee working group, especially those who do not appear on the front pages but work in silence to keep the whole movement going. We look forward to the World Cup in Manchester and we are, of course, working hard to make it to the 2024 Paris Games.

Daniele Zotti, President of the Local Organizing Committee:
It is true that, having reached the fifth edition, the organizational machine is widely tested, but it is equally true that without the continuous commitment of the technicians and volunteers everything would be much more complicated. We are proud to note that it is the second most popular stage of these World Series, with 320 athletes in the pool for the competition and another hundred for the absolute winter Italian Championships. Sport with everyone and for everyone, and for this I have to thank the local authorities and the Bella Italia Village for their continuous support.

Giovanni De Piero, President of the CIP Friuli Venezia Giulia:
Friuli Venezia Giulia has achieved a leading position in the Paralympic sport, with numerous events that precede and follow these World Series, thanks to an extensive network of facilities fully equipped for the optimal reception of people with disabilities.

Enrico Testa, Head of Italian paralympic swimming federation:
For the staff of the National Teams this is yet another organizational and sporting success. In these days we are classifying dozens of new athletes on the international scene, to further expand our movement, that can represent an effective replacement for the older swimmers of the team. We are already working for the Los Angeles 2028 and Brisbane 2032 Games and we are filled with positive tension because we want to do well and we are eager to confront the elite of international swimming: in Lignano is represented more than 50% of the paralympic swimming movement, and we aim to achieve more great results.

Also present were the member of the COL Francesco Bettella, the CEO of Bella Italia Village Federico Delaini. Also present were the Councillor for Sport Giovanni Iermano, the director of the EFA Village Ada Salgarella, the marketing manager Eloisa Bortolan and representatives of various voluntary associations in the area.

Day 3 – Italian Podium

It’s brazilian showtime again: Gabriel Geraldo dos Santos Araujo sets the new WR in the S2 50m fly (56.62), while his teammate Talisson Glock wins gold (S6, 31.94, 893 pts).

In the 100m Fly the winners are Gabriel Bandera (BRA, S14, 55.68, 1016 pts) and Carlotta Gilli (ITA, S13, 1.05.23, 903 pts).

The last shot of Gabriel Geraldo dos Santos Araujo in the 150m IM, gold medal and S2 world record in 3.47.04 (1018 pts)

Among the women, the gold medal goes to Lidia Vieira da Cruz (BRA, SM4, 3.06.94, 773 punti).

Dos Santos Araujo sets also the best male performance of the meeting 53.08 in the 50m free

with 1071.00 pts. Best female performance for Michelle Alonso Morales, (ESP, SB14 100 Breast, 01:15.72, 1016.00 pts).

Brazil also leads the medal table with 16 gold, 6 silver, 6 bronze; then Italy (10-7-8) and Colombia (1-4-1).