Today, on the closing day of the FINA World Masters Championships, last gold medals were up for grabs in the swimming events. 500 athletes competed for spots on the podium in the men’s and women’s 50m backstroke and 400m freestyle events.
The competitions started at the Aquatics Palace at 8 o’clock in the morning and concluded in 3.5 hours. Surely, the closing day was not that long like the days before but it was still packed with some amazing events.
Women fought for medals in the age groups from 25-29 to 75-79 in the 50m backstroke while the 400m freestyle event featured impressive performances by experienced swimmers from Australia: 80-year-old Denise Robertson from Miami Masters Swimming Club and 85-year-old Dorothy Dickey from Doncaster Dolphins. The latter set a Championships record covering the distance with a time of 8:25.34.
The most seasoned swimmers competed in the men’s 50m backstroke in the 90-94 and 95-99 age groups. The men achieved three Championships records. Hungarian athlete Bela Banki Horvath from Murena Szegedi Uszo-Es Buvarkl became first to set a record. He’s been competing at World Masters Championships for more than 20 years now. Recently he had established a world record in the 200m backstroke event. Today he set yet another world record after covering the 50m backstroke distance in 1:02.35. Another record holder – 75-year-old Frans Van Enst from Ws Twente – touched the wall at 39.25. 25-year-old Vitalij Borisov from the Sura Club achieved a record in the 25-29 age group by finishing the heat with a time of 26.12.
Marcus Mattioli from Minas Tenis Clube is an Olympic champion who keeps inspiring other athletes with his athletic accomplishments. Today he won gold in the men’s 400m freestyle event in the 55-59 age group.
All in all, 490 medals were contested at the Aquatics Palace between August 10 and 16.
All results for today are available via the following links:Press Office of Organising Committee for 16th FINA World Championships