Israeli swimmer Veronika Guirenko won a silver medal at the Para Swimming World Championship in Portugal on Sunday night.
Guirenko, 24, placed second in the women’s 50-meter breaststroke SB2 (SB2 is the disability level) with a time of 1:25.74 minutes.
“This feeling is incredible, this is my first podium,” Guirenko said afterward. “I was already here in Portugal for the European championship, but back then, I missed third place and got out of the pool in tears. And now I’m smiling from ear to ear. I have a silver medal from the world championship.”
The swimming championship opened on Sunday with more than 500 swimmers from 60 countries. This is the largest Paralympic event ever held in Portugal, and the largest worldwide since the Tokyo Paralympics last August.