The Straits Times
Published on Sep 01, 2012

Paralympics: US swim star in final but doubts remain


 LONDON (AFP) - The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said on Saturday that they will make a decision about United States (US) swimming star Victoria Arlen before she competes in the final, amid controversy over her classification.

The 17-year-old is the current world record holder in the women's S6 100m and 400m freestyle but the IPC declared her "non-eligible" earlier this week "because certain information was not provided" when her classification was assessed.

She was later re-instated on appeal from the US team and on Saturday morning was second-fastest in qualifying for the 400m final behind Britain's defending champion Ellie Simmonds, who also won the 100m in Beijing.

Concerns have been raised that Arlen could be stripped of the gold medal if she were to win because of doubts about her eligibility to swim in the S6 category.