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Rio swimming qualification continues this weekend in Split

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The pool in Split, Croatia is ready for swimmers. Image credit: Ono što nemamo čini nas jačima

This weekend, 149 swimmers from 14 countries are expected to descend on the Croatian city of Split for the Croatian Open National Championships and another opportunity to qualify for the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio.

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Countries expecting to send athletes include host Croatia, Montenegro and Slovakia. Montenegro’s 16-year-old swimmer Ilija Tadić is one the swimmers who will be trying to earn spots for Rio at the event.  He comes off an excellent swimming season last year that saw him set a number of personal bests, and come close meeting the A-Qualifying standards several times.

The Croatian Open National Championships is scheduled to get underway on Saturday and conclude on Sunday.  Beyond being another opportunity for swimmers to qualify, it is also an opportunity for new international swimmers with physical impairments to get their international classification.   European swimmers with vision impairments or intellectual disabilities seeking classification will have to wait for the 2016 IPC Swimming European Open Championships in May in Portugal, or travel to Brazil for the 2016 Caixa Loterias Brazilian Swimming Open Championship in April.  ID swimmers also have an additional classification opportunity at the British Para Swim International Meet in Glasgow in April.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2533 Articles)
<p>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.</p>

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