Earlier today, Teresa Perales let the Paralympic swimming world know she was back and back in world class form as she claimed individual gold in the women’s 100m freestyle S5 event and in the 4x50m freestyle 20p mixed gender team relay at the IPC European Swimming Championships in Eindhoven, Netherlands. She assisted her team in setting a European and World record in the team relay, which is new to the para-swimming program and will be on the program for next year’s world championships and the 2016 Summer Paralympics.
Perales is returning from an absence in the sport after she missed last year’s world championships because of illness. Her last major international competition was the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, where she became the most decorated Spanish Paralympic medalist of all time and won six medals. She has four more individual events on her Eindhoven program, the women’s 50m butterfly S5, the women’s 200m medley SM5, the women’s 50m freestyle S5 and the women’s 50m backstroke S5.
Her Spanish teammates have also been doing well in Eindhoven, and are currently ranked fourth on the medal table. With two days of competition complete, they have won 16 total medals, 7 gold, 4 silver and 5 bronze. They are currently tied with Russia in third for most gold medals won. Only Great Britain and the Ukraine have more gold medals. Spain’s gold medalist include Ricardo Ten who won the men’s 100m breaststroke SB4 race, Sebastian Rodriguez who won the men’s 100m freestyle S5, Richard Oribe who won the men’s 50m freestyle S4, Jose Antonio Mari Alcaraz who claimed gold in the men’s 50m freestyle S9, and Sarai Gascon who finished first in the women’s 50m freestyle S9. Spain’s youngster, 15 year old Nuria Marques Soto, also won a medal, a bronze in the women’s 400m freestyle S9.