The 23-year-old from Italy had another hugely successful year, securing no less than six gold medals at the Allianz Para Swimming World Championship in Manchester. Showing his dominance in the pool, he won the men’s 50, 100 and 400 metres freestyle S9, the 100m butterfly S9, the 100m backstroke S9 and the mixed 4x100m freestyle relay. Simone is also a history maker. He became the fastest S9 swimmer of all time as he broke the 50m freestyle world record in a time 23.96 seconds, becoming the first S9 swimmer to break the 24-second mark.

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