Brazilian swimmers proved the dominant force as the 2017 International Federation for Intellectual Impairment Sport (INAS) Swimming Championships began in Aguascalientes, Mexico.
Andre Luiz Bento Silva gave the Brazilian team an ideal start by winning the men’s 50m freestyle S14 event in a time of 26.02 seconds.
He was followed by Gustavo De Oliveira Nunes and Andre Luiz Bento Silva, with his compatriots rounding off the podium in times of 26.34 and 27.08 respectively.
Ana Karolina Soares Oliveira claimed double individual gold for the Brazilian team by winning the S14 women’s 50m freestyle and 200m backstroke events.
She clocked 28.94 in the freestyle race to win gold ahead of Japan’s Kasumi Fakui, who took silver in 30.33.
Bronze was earned by Leslie Cichoki, with the American finishing in 30.49.
Oliveira took the backstroke gold in a time of 2min 46.89sec, with Australia’s Jaime-Lee Getson and Poland’s Angelica Koniecko clocking 2:50.56 and 2:53.23 to round off the top three.
A hat-trick of golds for Oliveira came in the women’s 4x50m relay, with the Brazilian team combining to win the event in 1:58.51.
Australia and Japan finished in times of 2:07.16 and 2:07.34.
France won the men’s 4x50m S14 relay in a time of 1:47.68, with their team finishing in front of Japan and Spain.
The hosts were also able to celebrate success on the opening day as Alejandro Alvarado won double gold.
He triumphed in a 50m freestyle event in a time of 28.25, with team-mate Angel Fernando Gutierrez ending second in 29.34.
Alvarado then won the men’s 200m individual medley in 2:41.16.
Action will continue tomorrow.