By Jared Anderson
August 19th, 2015
Three days into the World Deaf Swimming Championships, six deaf world records have fallen, including one to American Marcus Titus in front of his home nation’s crowd.
The World Deaf Swimming Championships are taking place in San Antonio, Texas this week, the same facility that hosted U.S. Junior and Senior Nationals earlier in the month.
Swimming for a home American audience, Titus broke his own deaf world record in the 100 free, going 51.22 to win gold. Titus’s old record was a 51.42 from 2011; Russia’s Vitalii Obotin was also under that mark in taking silver (51.35).
Apart from that race, it’s been the 50-meter events where records have been most on the chopping block. The men’s 50 back and women’s 50 fly records were broke twice apiece over the first three days, and the women’s 50 breast record also fell.
In the men’s 50 back, Japan’s Yoshikazu Kanaji broke the deaf world record in both prelims and finals. The 21-year-old Kanaji went 27.35 in the morning, then 27.06 at night, dropping the world mark previously shared by John Kealy and Ryutaro Ibara at 27.90. Ibara, also representing Japan, was second in the event in San Antonio, also bettering his old world record with a 27.69.