Russian Female Athlete Won Gold in Swimming at Paralympics

Russian para-athlete, Valeria Shabalina, won a gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympics in the 200-metre freestyle in the S14 class (category of athletes with intellectual disabilities), RIA Sport reports. 

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The 26-year-old Shabalina is a Russian para-athlete, swimmer, multiple world and European champion, world record holder, Honoured Master of Sports of Russia, and now also a two-time champion of the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo (in the 100-metre butterfly and 200-metre freestyle). The young woman is currently studying at the Chelyabinsk College of Physical Culture and specializes in freestyle, complex, butterfly, and backstroke swimming.

It is noted that Shabalina showed a time of 2 minutes 3.71 seconds. The Briton Bethany Firth (+0.28 seconds) and Jessica-Jane Applegate (+5.82) took silver and bronze, respectively. It is reminded that earlier the Russian para-athlete won the 100-metre butterfly, thus in total, the national team of Russia has 26 medals: 9 gold, 7 silver, and 10 bronze.

Ru-Main, 27.08.2021 

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