Para swimming new rival to world record Suzuki 9:54 on September 11
On the second day of the Para World Championship, there was a turbulence in which the world record holder, Takayuki Suzuki (32), who was considered a gold medal, was defeated in the men's 100-meter freestyle motor dysfunction class. It was a new rival that stood before the Japanese guru.
Tokyo Para expects gold medal Suzuki
Suzuki, who has no both feet and right hand since he was born, has won five medals in four consecutive Paralympic Games, and is one of the representatives of Japan who is expected to win gold medals in multiple events at the Tokyo Paralympic Games.
The first race of this world championship, Suzuki, was the 100m freestyle for men. Suzuki has marked the world record of 1 minute 21.73 at the international tournament in this event, in April, and after passing the qualifying top, he said, “I think it is a race to win” Was seen as promising.
Miscalculation race development
In the final, Suzuki took the speed immediately after the start, and the first 50 meters took the top with a swim that exceeded the time when he set the world record at 38 seconds 88. However, this high pace in the first half led to a stall in the second half, and Suzuki was a silver medal. I didn't update my world record.
New Russian rivals
Along with the mistakes in the race development, Suzuki has realized the emergence of new rivals. Russia's Roman Zudanov, whose rival surpassed Suzuki and won a gold medal. In the race, Suzuki was reversed in the second half, and Suzuki's world record was updated at 0:45 in the time.
In the last Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games, Russia was not allowed to participate in the team due to the doping problem of the whole country, and Zudanov did not participate, so it was a long time for Suzuki to race with Zudanov. Zudanov is 21 years old. A young athlete who has never participated in the Paralympic Games.
Next is a gold medal
Since this season's time was about 4 seconds apart, Suzuki said about the race results "Slightly surprised. I think he is training hard for the Tokyo Paralympics" It seemed to have realized that it has grown into a rival.
Still, there is a part that felt the response in the 11th race, Suzuki.
“I can swim faster than Zudanov in a short distance because I was able to wrap the first half at the top,” I believe that the early speed is an advantage.
Suzuki will face the remaining 4 events and Zudanov in all events. The ability to insult the newly emerged powerful rivals is likely to be a test for the gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympics.