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    Russian Paralympic Team Sets Over a Dozen World Records in Two Days

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    Russian athletes performed outstandingly during alternative "Paralympic Games" organized by Russian authorities following the ban imposed on the entire Russian national team for participating in the Rio Paralympics.

    During the two days of the competition Russian athletes have broken more than a dozen world records. Unfortunately, the results won't be officially recognized because of the informal status of the competition.

    Thus, Russian athlete Alexander Granichka demonstrated outstanding athleticism in swimming. He broke the world record by swimming the 100-meter race in 1 minute and 27.36 seconds.

    Sergei Sukharev and Anna Krivshina set the world record in the freestyle swimming category, swimming the 50-meter race in 27.66 and 27.22 seconds, respectively. Roman Zhdanov competed outstandingly in medley swimming, while Vyacheslav Yemelyantsev broke the world record in the backstroke category at a distance of 100 meters, covering the distance in 58.96 seconds.

    Paralympic swimmer Alexander Makarov, Russia's Paralympic national team, swims during a training session in the town of Ruza, 100 km west of Moscow
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    Paralympic swimmer Alexander Makarov, Russia's Paralympic national team, swims during a training session in the town of Ruza, 100 km west of Moscow

    Russian track and field athletes also made a name for themselves in the competition. Thus, Svetlana Krivenok set a world record in the shot put (F33 class), throwing the shot at a distance of 7.51m, while Dmitry Torsunov broke the world record in the long jump, with the result of 6.23m.

    World champion Alexei Kuznetsov (F54 class) threw a spear at a distance of 30.18m, breaking the previous world record. World and European champion in track and field athletics Dmitry Safronov broke the world record in the 200-meter race (T35 class), covering the distance in 23.15 seconds, while Evgeny Shvetsov closed the run at a distance of 800 meters in 2 minutes 05.04 seconds.

    Yulia Efimova before the final fencing tournament at the All-Russian paralympics.
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    Yulia Efimova before the final fencing tournament at the All-Russian paralympics.

    The sad thing is that all the athletes' achievements won't be recognized officially as the records are registered only at international competitions of a certain class.

    Russia was suspended from the Paralympics by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in early August. The IPC cited the country's alleged failure to comply with the organization's anti-doping rules as the reason behind its decision.

    The ban was mainly influenced by the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) McLaren report on the alleged widespread use of performance enhancing substances by Russian athletes. The report, however, hardly mentioned Russian Paralympic athletes, apart from in relation to a list of 35 allegedly missing doping samples.

    Medals at the Russian Paralympic competition
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    Medals at the Russian Paralympic competition

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