Mexico City 2017: Gustavo Sanchez vs. Darko Duric

Both are hoping to return to their glory days after missing podium in Rio

two male Para swimmers in the pool Duric (L) and Sanchez have waited four years for a major title going into Mexico City 2017 © • Getty Images

After leaving Rio 2016 without a medal, both Gustavo Sanchez and Darko Duric are aiming to return to the top of the podium at a major international competition when they compete at the Mexico City 2017 World Championships, from 30 September-6 October.

Two-time Paralympic champion Sanchez believes this event on home soil can be the perfect medal opportunity for him. The Mexican claimed his last major title at the 2013 World Championships in Montreal, Canada, when he won the men’s 200m freestyle S4.

The Slovenian has also not tasted victory in four years, with his last gold coming in in the men’s 50m butterfly S4 and 100m freestyle S4 at Montreal 2013.

At Mexico City, they will race in the men’s 50m and 200m freestyle S4. At last year’s Paralympics, Duric finished fourth and Sanchez sixth in both events.

Head to Head


Sanchez: Nationality: Mexico. Age: 23

Duric: Nationality: Slovenia. Age: 28


Sanchez: Games: 2 (2012, 2016)

Medals: 4 (2 golds, 1 silver, 1 bronze)

Duric: Games: 2 (2012, 2016)


Sanchez: Championships: 3 (2010, 2013, 2015)

Medals: 9 (1 gold, 1 silver and 7 bronze)

Duric: Championships: 3 (2010, 2013, 2015)

Medals: 3 (2 golds, 1 silver)


Sanchez: His mother, a university teacher, wrote a book about his life called ‘To live without limits: the story of Gus’

Duric: Enjoys reading, watching movies and going to concerts

More information can be found on Mexico City 2017’s website.