Para-swimming Worlds: GB hope to make impact and secure Tokyo spots


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By Elizabeth Hudson
BBC Sport
With less than a year the Para-swimming World Championships in London of this week are a huge event on how to Japan.
Along with athletics, swimming is just one of those big two sports at the Games.
Competition begins in the London Aquatics Centre, that staged such a Games in 2012.
Amazing Britain has called a team of 24 athletes along with BBC Sport looks at a few of the stories to follow the seven days of contest along.
After was stripped off of the hosting rights for refusing to let Israelis compete london was declared as the hosts of all the championships in mid-April.
Malaysia, which is a Muslim nation, banned the athletes because of exactly everything Kuala Lumpur sees as the poor treatment of Palestinians of Israel.
International Paralympic Committee (IPC) president Andrew Parsons reported all of world championships»has to be open to all athletes and countries to compete securely and free of discrimination».
In 2017the Worlds needed to be rescheduled a week before it was expected to begin in September following an earthquake in Mexico.
Great Britain, together with Canada and Australia, chose to not send a team when the event took place three months later.
This means this is going to be the largest gathering of Para-swimmers since the Rio Paralympics, with a top-two slot in every race.
Russia was banned from contest in 2016 later specifics of state-sponsored doping in the McLaren Report.
It meant the Rio Games were missed by athletes, although some were able to compete at Pyeongchang competitors.
In March, the IPC raised the suspension, so Russians can take part in some specific competitions up before 31 — including the Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022 Paralympics — if they’ve met the testing requirements.
The Para-swimming World Championships will be the affair with Russian participation since the raising of the ban and they’ll have a team of 52 competing in London.
One of are Valeriia Shabalina and Andrei Kalina, who both won gold four years back.
Shabalina, who competes in the S14 category for athletes with learning disabilities, will be a threat to Louise Fiddes, Jessica-Jane Applegate and British trio Bethany Firth.
And having topped the medal table in Glasgow 2015, all eyes will be on how Russian swimmers are searching ahead of Tokyo.
As well as Russian athletes’ absence, the issue of classification is one which has come to be a significant talking point.
New IPC rules require all Para-swimmers to go before the Tokyo Paralympics through international classification. All states have affected with the complete impact only being viewed.
Excellent Britain’s Paralympic winner Oliver Hynd was moved to compete against less-impaired swimmers and didn’t qualify for the Worlds, while team-mate Matt Wylie, who won gold at Rio, retired after his group was changed, saying the experience had»emptied him».
Brazil’s 14-time Paralympic medallist Andre Brasil, who had been for 15 years at the group, was told he was no longer qualified for Paralympic competition.
In the women’s events, New Zealand celebrity Sophie Pascoe was changed to the S9 occasions from the group.
Pascoe, who won three golds and 2 silvers in her occasions in Rio, will be a big favourite and is a clear leader at the top of the positions in her new category.
The Great Britain team gets the standard mix of Mikey Jones, Paralympic winners Ellie Simmonds along with Bethany Firth trying to shine, along with rising Toni Shaw and stars Maisie Summers-Newton, who impressed at last year’s Europeans.
Yet another who has proceeded category from S10 to S8 from Rio, alice Tai, will be a strong favorite.
GB ended third in Dublin in the medal table behind Italy and Ukraine, and they will challenge together with China, USA, Australia and Russia.
Newcomers Brock Whiston and Reece Dunn will be hoping to make their mark in their initial internationals.
Whiston holds the world record in the SB8 100m breaststroke and is preferred for gold on the last day of competition Sunday, but on Saturday she also has a fantastic opportunity in the 200m medley, heading up from Jessica Long with the American celebrity’s world record nicely within her grasp.
Dunn has turned into a true challenger to Commonwealth champion and Paralympic silver medallist Thomas Hamer, shooting his world record and their freestyle competition on Monday’s opening day is a race.
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