In Ufa, on April 25, the Russian swimming championship among people with musculoskeletal disorders ended, which was attended by about 250 athletes from 40 regions of the country.
The Altai Territory in the capital Bashkiria was represented by swimmers from Biysk – students of the honored coach of Russia Elena Sokolova.
As a result of the tournament, our team won 14 medals: 10 gold, one silver and three bronze.
Roman Zhdanov, three-time champion of the Tokyo Paralympic Games, climbed to the first step of the podium six times. He won the race in his class in the 50m backstroke, freestyle and chest, and was the best in the 100m and 200m freestyle and won the 150m medley.
Four times became the country champion in 2022, another participant in the Paralympics in Tokyo – Yegor Efrosinin (50 meters butterfly and freestyle, 100 meters chest, 200 meters individual mix). Yegor also won the bronze medal in the 100m freestyle.
Aleksey Ganyuk became the silver medalist in the 100m backstroke and twice the bronze – in the 100m breaststroke and 200m medley.
Artur Kubasov (50 m butterfly and 200 m freestyle) and Vadim Melekhin (50 m butterfly) stopped one step away from medals.
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.