: Ukraine Paralympic swimmers win a record number of medals in Europe
Sport11:01 May. 10, 2016
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Ukraine Paralympic swimmers win a record number of medals in Europe

Ukrainian team beat their biggest rival - Russia 

Ukrainian Paralympic athletes won 110 European Swimming Championship medals, more than a third of them are gold medals. They came back to Ukraine on late May 9.

The Championship took place in Funchal, Portugal. This year Ukrainian athletes set 10 records and became the absolute winners, surpassing their main competitor - Russia - for the first time in several years.

"The result is beyond comparison. What makes it even more unique is that our team comprises 45 athletes, and 35 of them are medal-winners. Just think, how important is everyone who took part in the competition," said Valeriy Sushkevych, Presidential Commissioner for Rights of People with Disabilities in Ukraine.

"It requires hard work. Physically, mentally, it is a very difficult job. However, despite all these difficulties, you know that you will have fun in the end", said the Paralympic champion Maria Lafina.

Read also Ukrainian-born American Paralympic champion tells her incredible story

Ukraine's National Sports Committee for the Disabled said that Ukrainian Paralympians in general took home 110 medals, including 45 golds, 34 silver, and 31 bronze, from Europe. 

Also, Ukraine left the 2016 IPC Swimming European Open Championships at the top of the medals table with 37 golds, 36 silver and 25 bronze.

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Source - www.paralympic.org

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