Brazilian swimmer Ruiter Silva won a gold medal in the men’s 50m freestyle event at the Open Internacional De Natación Paralímpica. Jorge Miguel Corvlan Benitez of Argentina finished second, and Pedro Pablo de Vinatea of Peru finished third. They had times 0:27.34, 0:31.23 and 0:31.38 respectively, which are well off the world record time of 0:25.13 set by Australian Matthew Cowdrey at the 2012 Summer Paralympics.
Silva has some international experience, having been part of the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championship Brazilian silver medalist winning team in the Men’s 4 x 100 metre freestyle relay. In contract, Corvlan Benitez is much newer to the sport, only getting his international classification status recently. Pedro Pablo de Vinatea’s bronze added to another medal he won at the event.
Other swimmers in the race included Colombians Diego Alejandro Mendoza Lozano, Jerley Hoyos Guzman, Michael Villar Corpus, Rodrigo Perez Rodriguez, Orlando Quintero, Anderson Ortiz Castilla, Brayan David Ochoa Paez, Santiago Duque Velasquez, Jose Zambrano Jurado and Jefferson Yesid Villamil Gomez, and Argentinian Andres Torres and Angel Domingues.
The II Open Internacional de Natación y Atletismo Paralímpico concluded yesterday in Medellín, Colombia. The competition was important because it allowed swimmers to qualify for next year’s Parapan American Games in Toronto, Canada.