All-Ukrainian showdown in the S6 class
Viktoriia Savtsova (R) will try to put an end to Yelyzaveta Mereshko’s winning-streak at Mexico City 2017.
The S6 class will feature one of the most expected rivalries in swimming at the Mexico City 2017 World Championships, with Ukrainians Yelyzaveta Mereshko and Viktoriia Savtsova fighting for gold in the women’s 50m, 100m and 400m freestyle, and the 100m breaststroke SB5.
At her maiden Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2016, 25-year-old Mereshko had a glittering performance after winning four golds and one bronze. 19-year-old Savtsova finished closely behind her teammate in the 50m and 100m freestyle, and the 100m breaststroke SB5, sealing silver.
One year before, they had faced each other at the Glasgow 2015 World Championships, with Mereshko also claiming gold and Savtsova silver in the 50m and 100m freestyle.
However, Savtsova achieved lower qualifying times for Mexico City 2017 than Mereshko in the 50m freestyle and the 100m breaststroke, showing that she is ready to put an end to her compatriot’s winning-streak at this year’s World Championships.
Head to Head
Mereshko: Nationality: Ukraine. Age: 25
Savtsova: Nationality: Ukraine. Age: 19
Mereshko: Games: 1 (2016)
Medals: 5 (4 golds, 1 bronze)
Savtsova: Games: 2 (2012, 2016)
Medals: 5 (1 gold, 3 silvers, 1 bronze)
Mereshko: Championships: 1 (2015)
Medals: 5 (3 golds, 2 silvers)
Savtsova: Championships: 2 (2013, 2015)
Medals: 7 (2 golds, 5 silvers)
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More information can be found on Mexico City 2017’s website.