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Brazilian Ruiter Silva wins gold S9 men’s 50m freestyle at II Open Internacional de Natación y Atletismo Paralímpico

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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.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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