The Paralympic Games got underway today and within one of the first events proved why it is going to be a display of ‘superhuman’ abilities.
Iaroslav Semenenko, a swimmer from Ukraine, powered to the finish of the first heat of the men’s 100m backstroke, well ahead of the other competitors despite not having any arms.
The 25-year-old Paralympian used just his legs to propel himself along the pool and completed the swim more than two seconds ahead of second place swimmer Sebastian Iwanow from Germany.
His achievement came before Great Britain’s first Paralympic medal, a silver won by Mark Colbourne this afternoon, in the C1-2-3 one-kilometre time-trial.
At the end of his race, Semenenko swam at full speed into the wall, banging his head on the edge of the pool to hit the timer.