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Ihar Boki becomes six-times Rio Paralympics champion


Ihar Boki of Belarus grabbed his sixth gold medal on the last night of the swimming competition for visually impaired athletes at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games. He won the men's 100 meter backstroke final with a new world record - 56.68 seconds. 

Ukraine’s Iaroslav Denysenko was second in the race as he had been at the 2015 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Swimming World Championships.

His time of 59.02 was narrowly quicker than that of Canada’s Nicolas Turbide, who claimed bronze in 59.55 to lower the Americas record.

Boki's personal medal tally in Rio includes gold in the men's 100m butterfly, 200m meddley, 50m, 100m and 400 m free style. He also won a bronze in the 100m breaststroke.

At the 2012 London Paralympics, Boki won 5 golden medals.