Matías De Andrade won the silver medal in the 100 meter backstroke at Tokyo 2020


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Matías De Andrade won the silver medal in the 100 meter backstroke at Tokyo 2020

Argentine swimmer Matías De Andrade won the silver medal today in the S6 100-meter backstroke event at the Tokyo Paralympic Games, placing second in the final. In his second consecutive Paralympic Games final – previously he did it in Rio de Janeiro 2016 – he clocked 1: 15.40 to get on the podium and revalidate the international record that he has a decade ago.

The 28-year-old athlete from Mar del Plata, with a great performance in the final, was surpassed by the winner of the gold medal, the Chinese Jia Hongguang, while the Croatian Dino Sinovčić obtained the bronze. From the eliminatory series De Andrade showed a great level. So much so that he improved in a second his personal best with 1: 14.38, which allowed him to access the final with the second best time.

Matías De Andrade has three medals in his Parapan American Games. He was silver in Guadalajara 2011 and Toronto 2015, and gold in Lima 2019. In addition, he is a double medalist in World para-swimming championships: silver in Mexico 2017 and bronze in London 2019, and also a finalist in Montreal 2013 and Glasgow 2015.

This was his third participation in the Paralympic Games with a 12th place in London 2012, he was seventh for the diploma in Rio 2016 and now the silver medal in Tokyo 2020.

The medal achieved by De Andrade is the second in swimming and now Argentina totals 6, four silver and two bronze.

The Argentine delegation also secured a seventh medal that could be gold or silver, in the football final for blind people who will cheer Los Murcielagos against Brazil at dawn this Saturday.

The performance of the Argentines has already surpassed that of Rio 2016, an event in which five medals were achieved, although this time Yanina Martínez won gold in the 100-meter freestyle, and there was one silver and three bronze.


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