2007 World Deaf Swimming Championships Day 1: European swimmers risen up
The Dragons raised up Festival Couplets written: Welcome to Taipei (right), Swimming to the TOP of the World (left). Photo: Wikimedia Commons.
After the Opening Ceremony on Taipei Municipal Stadium on August 11, the 2007 World Deaf Swimming Championships, hosted by Taipei City Government and Chinese Taipei Sports Association of the Deaf (CTSAD), organized by Foundation of 21st Summer Deaflympics Organising Committee, kicked off on August 12 in National College of Physical Education and Sports Aquatic Center.
Earlier in the Opening Ceremony, the event Director and Taipei City Mayor Lung-pin Hau said that this swimming championship is different from other games where people without a hearing disabilty can participate. The event was only available for deaf swimmers. The event required participation from professional volunteers such as sign-language, gaming referee, and technical people. With the event and 2009 Summer Deaflympics in Taipei, Taipei will provide the best exchange platform in the Deaf Culture.
In the first matchday, some heat events has been changed to final section especially the team relay competition because only few people or teams participated. Also, in the Women 50m Freestyle Final event, due to check-in and identity problem, the competition Final of Freestyle (individual and team relay) and Breaststroke Group delayed 15 mins.
Finally, in Women 50m Freestyle Final, Ganna Lytvynenko from Ukraine broke "women deaf swimmer 50m freestyle" world record established with 27.07 seconds by herself in Greece at June within 0.01 seconds. On the other hand, Grogios Dontas from Greece was beaten by Denys Bystrevsky from Ukraine in 25.02 seconds in Men 50m Freestyle Final.