Jordan and Long strike gold on third day of IPC Swimming World Championships

By Brianna Tammaro | July 15, 2015, 6:21 p.m. (ET)
Jessica Long competes in the women’s 100 butterfly S8 race on Monday at the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. Long won the gold medal in the race with a time of 1:09.79.

GLASGOW, Scotland – Cortney Jordan and Jessica Long were crowned world champions once again at the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships on Day Three at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre.

Jordan (Henderson, Nevada), a two-time Paralympian, sustained her lead throughout the women’s 400-meter freestyle S7 for another strong swim of the world championships. She clocked in at 5:22.50 to earn her second title in Glasgow, adding to her career world medal count of 17.

 “I’m really proud of how I swam,” Jordan said. “I think I kept a pretty consistent swim and my teammates were awesome. They’re getting best times and I knew I had to go out there and give it everything I had.”

“Honestly, I’m just trying to be a good leader for Team USA and set the tone off right every day,” Jordan said. “I thought I did that last time and wanted to do the same thing again today. It’s the best feeling to have your teammates there hugging you and really happy for you right after you finish. I just want to keep that spirit up and hopefully I can medal the rest of the week.”

All eyes were on Long in the final 25 meters of the women’s 200 IM SM8 race as she came from behind in a dramatic finish to outlast Russia’s Olesia Vladykina by less than a second to take the title. Touching the wall in 2:40.08, The three-time Paralympian from Baltimore, Maryland experienced a similar battle in Monday’s 100 butterfly S8 en route to her first gold medal followed by another win yesterday in the 100 breaststroke SB7.

“I’m a racer and I love some of those close races, especially when they turn out that well,” Long said. “That’s what I’ve been training for. My teammate Lizzie Smith trains and pushes me every day in the IM and we come close to all the time so I knew exactly what I needed to do to catch her.”

It was back-to-back bronze medals for Team USA as Colleen Young (St. Louis, Missouri) shaved two seconds off her personal best to win her first medal of the world championships in the women’s 100 backstroke with a time of 1:12.86.

“It’s amazing, honestly,” Young, a 2012 Paralympian, said. “This builds up my confidence for the week ahead and my strongest event, the 100-meter breaststroke [on Friday].”

Roy Perkins, Jr. (Del Mar, California) followed with his own first medal in Glasgow, taking third in the men’s 200 free behind reigning world champion Daniel Dias of Brazil and 2013 silver medalist Andrew Mullen of Great Britain. Perkins, a two-time Paralympian, is set to face Dias in four more events over the next week.  

Three-time Paralympic medalist Tucker Dupree (Raleigh, North Carolina) took to the podium for the first time in Glasgow, swimming 1:01.36 for the bronze medal in the men’s 100 backstroke S12.

Team USA’s five medals won today brings their medal count to eight gold, one silver and four bronze over the past three days.  

The 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships continues through July 19 and brings together 580 athletes from across nearly 70 countries. Live stream coverage can be found with play-back on USParalympics.org . For full results and schedule, visit the IPC website.