Mexico City 2017: Liesette Bruinsma vs. Xiaotong Zhang

Dutch sensation seeks to dethrone Chinese swimmer in women's 100m breaststroke SB11

two female Para swimmers celebrate on the podium Bruinsma (L) is hoping to get the better of rival Zhang at Mexico City 2017 © • Getty Images

At just 17-years-old, Liesette Bruinsma has made a name for herself on the international swimming scene. At her maiden Paralympic Games in Rio, last year, the Dutch youngster took home two golds, one silver and two bronze.

Since 2014, Bruinsma has set an outstanding 18 world records. Much is expected from her in the upcoming years, starting at the Mexico City 2017 World Championships, from 30 September-6 October.

But despite Bruinsma's recent glittering performances, China's Rio 2016 gold medallist Zhang Xiaotong will be the favourite for gold in the women's 100m breaststroke SB11 in Mexico City.

The 18-year-old won the event's Paralympic title setting a world record of 1:23.02 along the way, with Bruinsma touching in second. Who will prevail at this year's Worlds?

Head to Head


Bruinsma: Nationality: The Netherlands. Age: 17

Zhang: Nationality: China. Age: 18


Bruinsma: Games: 1 (2016)

Medals: 5 (2 golds, 1 silver, 2 bronze)

Zhang: Games: 1 (2016)

Medals: 1 (1 gold)


Bruinsma: Will make her debut at Mexico City 2017

Zhang: Will make her debut at Mexico City 2017


Bruinsma: Was named 2016 Paralympic Athlete of the Year by the Dutch Olympic Committee and the Dutch Sport Federation

Zhang: Covers up to 10 kilometres during her training sessions

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