After two stops overseas, the Citi Para Swimming World Series 2023 is back in Europe as it lands in Berlin, Germany for four days of high-quality action from 11 to 14 May.
The German capital has been part of the World Series program since the inaugural season in 2017 with the event again taking place at the Schwimm- und Sprunghalle in the Europasportpark (SSE).
In this season, 420 athletes from 51 different nations will be in action in multi-class events which makes the Berlin 2023 the most attended leg of the World Series so far.
Home nation Germany will have 35 Para swimmers with Tokyo 2020 Paralympic champion Taliso Engel (S13) leading the charge. The 20-year-old has won all the gold medals in the 100m breaststroke in a major championship since his international debut.
Engel was only 17 years old when he became World Champion in London in 2019 and repeated the feat at the Madeira 2022 Worlds.
“I just wanted to reach the final at my first world championships. But then I surprisingly won the final. That was such a crazy experience for 17 years old me,” said the German swimmer.
It was not long before his achievement was bettered by himself. Two years later, he was crowned Paralympic champion by winning the race at Tokyo 2020.
Only two other countries have more athletes than the hosts competing in Berlin.
Spain has arrived with the largest squad of 45 athletes led by world champions Antoni Ponce Bertran and Sarai Gascon.
Five-time world champion Gascon (S9) competes in the 50m and 100m freestyle, 100m butterfly, and 200m medley while Ponce (S5), the three-times world champion, swims the 200m freestyle, 50m backstroke, and 50m breaststroke in addition to the events in which he bagged two gold medals in the World Championships in Madeira last year – 100m breaststroke and 200m medley.
Great Britain also will be hugely represented in Berlin this year with 40 athletes, including Paralympic champions Jordan Catchpole and Maisie Summers-Newton.
Catchpole (S14) can be witnessed in the 50m, 100m, and 200m freestyle, 100m backstroke, and butterfly events while Summers-Newton (S6) competes in the 100m, 200m, and 400m freestyle, in addition to the 50m backstroke and 100m breaststroke.
Updates and results from the Citi Para Swimming World Series Berlin 2023 will be available on World Para Swimming’s social media handles.