2007 World Deaf Swimming Championships Day 1: European swimmers rise up

Monday, August 13, 2007

Two dragons raising up festival banners with the words 'Welcome to Taipei' (right) and 'Swimming to the TOP of the World' (left).
Image: Rico Shen.

After the Opening Ceremony at the Taipei Municipal Stadium on August 11, the 2007 World Deaf Swimming Championships kicked off on August 12 in the National College of Physical Education and Sports Aquatic Center. The event was hosted by the Taipei City Government and the Chinese Taipei Sports Association of the Deaf and organized by the Foundation of 21st Summer Deaflympics Organizing Committee.

During the Opening Ceremony, event Director and Taipei City Mayor Hau Lung-pin said that this swimming championship is different from other games where people without a hearing disability can participate. The event for deaf swimmers requires participation from professional volunteers such as sign language, gaming referee, and technical staff. With this event and the upcoming 2009 Summer Deaflympics in Taipei, the city hopes to provide a good exchange platform for deaf culture.

Men 4x200 Freestyle Relay Final.
Image: Rico Shen.

In the first matchday, some heat events have been changed to final sections, especially in the team relay competition, because only few people or teams participated. Also, the Freestyle Finals (individual and team relay) and Breaststroke Group were delayed 15 minutes due to check-in and identity problem.

In the Women 50m Freestyle Final, Ganna Lytvynenko from Ukraine improved the women deaf swimmer 50m freestyle world record established with 27.07 seconds by herself in Greece last June with 0.01 seconds. On the other hand, Grogios Dontas from Greece was beaten by Denys Bystrevsky from Ukraine in 25.02 seconds in the Men's 50m Freestyle Final.

List of Champions of 1st Matchday

  • For details or further information, please refer Official Website.
  • Results in italic text symbolized the new world record.
Group Athlete Name or Team Time
200m Butterfly Group
Men Björn Koch (Germany) 2:07'55"
Women Ekaterina Savchenko (Russia) 2:25'62"
50m Freestyle
Men Denys Bystrevskyi (Ukraine) 25'02"
Women Ganna Lytvynenko (Ukraine) 27'06"
100m Breaststroke
Men Koen Adriaenssens (Belgium) 1:09'13"
Women Natalia Deeva (Belarus) 1:17'75"
4x200m Frestyle Relay
Men Russia Team 8:10'39"
Women Russia Team 9:06'89"

Medal Statistics after 1st Matchday

  • Only listed national teams who won medals at least Copper, full information can be found at here.
Order Team Gold Silver Bronze
1 Russian 3 1 2
2 Ukraine 2 1 2
3 Belarus 1 2 1
4 Germany 1 2 0
5 Belgium 1 0 0
6 Japan 0 1 0
7 Great Britain 0 1 0
8 United States 0 0 1
9 South Africa 0 0 1
10 Ireland 0 0 1


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