Vicente Almonacid Wins a Silver Medal and Sets a Parapan American Record

Chilean para-swimmer placed second in the 100-meter breaststroke, with Colombian Carlos Serrano securing the championship.

Friday, November 24th, 2023.- An exciting final unfolded this Friday at the swimming pool of the Centro de Deportes Acuáticos at the Estadio Nacional, where there were double Parapan American records set in Santiago 2023.

The 100-meter breaststroke SB8 category (breaststroke swimmers with slightly limited coordination, use of a single leg, a single arm, or partial absence of a limb) combined with the SB7 category (swimmers with limited movement in arms, torso, and legs from low to moderate levels, moderately limited on one side of the body, for athletes of short stature or those lacking limbs), resulting in breaking records in both classes.

The gold medal was secured by Colombian Carlos Serrano (SB7), clocking a time of 1:11.05, surpassing his record set in Lima 2019 at 1:13.45.

Meanwhile, Chilean Vicente Almonacid set a Parapan American record in the SB8 category, stopping the clock at 1:11.71, claiming the silver medal. The 'Tigre' added his second medal following yesterday's performance in the 200-meter individual medley SM8, where he achieved the gold.

Finally, Mexican Luis Andrade (SB8) completed the podium with a time of 1:18.16, marking his third personal bronze medal in these Parapan American Games.

Written by Carlos Silva Rojas - Fernanda Pavez; translated by Vicente Valdivia / Santiago 2023 vía Photosport
Photo by Javier Valdés / Santiago 2023 vía Photosport