From April 18 to 26, the All-Russian Federation of Sports for People with Musculoskeletal Disabilities in Ufa (Republic of Bashkortostan) will hold the Russian Swimming Championship.
About 250 athletes from 40 regions of the Russian Federation are expected to take part in the competition.
Among the participants are the strongest swimmers in the world – 6-time Paralympic Games champion Andrey Kalina (St. Petersburg); 3-time Paralympic Games champion Roman Zhdanov (Altai Territory); 2-time Paralympic Games champion Denis Tarasov (Saratov region); 2-time Paralympic Games champions Igor Plotnikov (Tyumen region), Bogdan Mozgovoy (Republic of Bashkortostan) and Andrey Nikolaev (Republic of Bashkortostan); champions, Paralympic Games Victoria Ishchiulova (Orenburg region), Maria Pavlova (Moscow), Andrey Granichka (Sevastopol), Dmitry Chernyaev (Chelyabinsk region), Alexander Skaliukh (Rostov region), Daniil Smirnov (Nizhny Novgorod region), Andrey Gladkov (Volgograd region). ), Dmitry Grigoriev (Moscow).
As part of the Russian Championship, open all-Russian sports swimming competitions for people with POD “We are together. Sport”, in which in addition to Russian swimmers will participate 10 athletes from the Republic of Belarus and 3 from the People’s Republic of Donetsk.
Championship scores will start on April 20th. During the 6 days of competition, medals will be played in chest, butterfly, freestyle and backstroke at distances from 50 to 400 meters, as well as in relay races.
Swimming is one of the first sports disciplines in Paralympic sports, which was included in the competitive program at the 1960 Summer Paralympic Games in Rome (Italy). The development of the sport is handled by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). Swimming is one of the most intense medal sports at the Paralympic Games. It includes men and women with lesions of the musculoskeletal system, visual impairment and intellectual impairment. At the Paralympic Games, athletes perform in a 50-meter pool in 8 lanes of the International Water Federation (FINA) standard. At the XVI Paralympic Games, Russian swimmers won 17 gold, 14 silver and 18 bronze medals.