America Record!

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”.


World Series Lignano 2022
Photo: Pietro Rizzato © 2022

The italian leg of the 2022 Para Swimming World Series will officially start friday 11th march, but at the Bella Italia EFA Village event venues it’s all hustle and bustle: while the volunteers of the Organizing committee are engaged in setting up the structures and logistics, the swimmers’ classification procedures are begun.

The World Series leg of Lignano Sabbiadoro has nearly 400 registered swimmers from 38 countries, with the enforced absences of renouncing Ukraine and Russia and Belarus, stopped by the organization in accordance to the guidelines provided by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
Lignano Sabbiadoro is second only to the Berlin leg for the number of participants.
Italy is of course the largest team with 54 swimmers, followed by Brazil (41) and Mexico (18).

“We can’t wait to welcome swimmers from all over the world” says the LOC President Daniele Zotti “this is a special venue because all the athletes can reach the stands. We still have restrictions due to Covid rules, but it still brings us great satisfaction. We are growing and we are growing both as a number of athletes and professionally at the organization and staff level. I have to thank all the friends and companies who support us and who also make the city and airport as beautiful as the welcome. It will be a fundamental test for our team in preparation for the World Championships, indeed all our medallists in Tokyo will compete”.

The competition will take place in the 50m indoor swimming pool of Bella Italia EFA Village, where the home team of Italy is going to defend the 13 gold medals won in 2021 with a particular eye for the Paralympic champion Antonio Fantin who started his swimming career right here.
Among the foreigners, eyes on Phelipe Rodrigues, Talisson Glock (BRA), Nelson Crispin (COL), Mark Malyar (ISR), Liesette Bruinsma (NED), according to the Italian head coach Riccardo Vernole.

Live results and streaming will be available on the official site, but there are also 200

available at the swimming pool upon registration on the website.

Everything is ready for the World Series Para Swimming in Lignano 2022

Rio De Janeiro 2016

Everything is ready for the Paralympic swimming world cup stage to be held in Lignano at the Bella Italia Village Pool from 11 to 13 March 2022. 411 athletes from 42 nations will be present, including Italy, Brazil, Mexico, Spain, France, Poland, Portugal, Uzbekistan, Czech Republic, Holland, Canada, Colombia, Great Britain, Germany, Croatia, Malaysia, Russia, Turkey, Austria, Finland , Greece, Israel, Montenegro, Slovakia, Sweden, Dominican Republic, Belgium, Denmark, Iran, Japan, Lithuania, Morocco, Romania, Estonia, Estonia, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Malta, Switzerland, Slovakia, Uganda, Ukraine. Most of the athletes of the last Tokyo Paralympics will be present in Lignano. It will be a weekend full of sport and important results.