2021 BRAZILIAN OLYMPIC TRIALS
- Monday, April 19th – Saturday, April 24th
- Prelims at 9:30 am local; Finals at 6:30 pm local
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Saturday’s finals session brings us to the final races of the 2021 Brazilian Olympic Trials. After 5 days of racing, Brazil has compiled a roster of 13 Olympic qualifiers and they are looking to add more tonight.
The fastest time in the men’s 50 freestyle in prelims came from Pedro Spajari who will go after the Olympic qualifying time tonight after missing it in prelims by .01. In addition to the 50 free final, Gabriel Santos will swim a 100 freestyle time trial after Tokyo qualifier Andre Souza was caught in a doping violation.
Santos had finished 9th in that race, meaning he missed out on a chance to race in the finals and will get that second swim tonight. We presume that to make the team on a relay he has to beat Marco Ferreira who finished 5th with a time of 48.95
Vini Lanza topped the 100 fly prelims, looking to also add a second event to his Olympic roster after qualifying in the 200 individual medley.
National Record holder Etiene Medeiros posted the only sub-25 second 50 freestyle this morning as she edged closer to the Olympic qualifying time of 24.77. She would need to swim .17 faster tonight to swim the event in Tokyo.
We will also get to see another women’s distance race tonight, the 800 freestyle whose heat sheets are highlighted by 21-year-old Beatriz Pimentel Dizotti who broke the Brazilian National 1500 freestyle record on Thursday. Her lifetime best 800 freestyle time is 9:03.21 from 2019, about 30 seconds off the National Record.
Stay tuned for a live recap and analysis.
Women’s 50 Freestyle – Final
- Olympic Qualifying Time: 24.77
- Brazilian National Record: 24.45 – Etiene Medeiros (2016)
Lorraine Ferreira improved greatly upon her prelims time of 25.01 which had earned her the 2nd seed spot going into finals, as did Etiene Medeiros. But it was not enough to secure the Olympic qualifying time.
Going into this meet, Ferreira’s lifetime best was set at 24.95 from 2016 while Medeiros’s was 24.45 from the 2016 Olympics, her National Record. 100 freestyle champion Larissa Oliveira took 3rd place with a time of 25.30.
Men’s 50 Freestyle – Final
- Olympic Qualifying Time: 22.01
- Brazilian National Record: 20.91 – Cesar Filho (2009)
The pool atmosphere went quiet when the swimmers powered into the wall, realizing that no one was under the Olympic qualifying time. It was a surprise to Spajari who told reporters that he had been posting times right on the cut during training.
“The time is inside me, I train a lot for this,” he said in his post-race interview. “I’m very frustrated.”
He will still represent Brazil in Tokyo in the 100 freestyle though, now as the top qualifier after Souza was removed due to a doping violation.
Women’s 200 Backstroke – Final
- Olympic Qualifying Time: 2:10.39
- Brazilian National Record: 2:11.95 – Fernanda Goeiji (2019)
Goeiji greatly bettered her prelims time of 2:18 but was unable to match her Nation Record from 2019, which is about 1.5 seconds off the Olympic qualifying time.
Men’s 100 Butterfly – Final
- Olympic Qualifying Time: 51.96
- Brazilian National Record: 51.02 Gabriel Mangabeira (2009)
Matheus Gonche had an incredible race, beating his lifetime best from 2019 by .73 to undercut the Olympic qualifying time by .03. Gonche smacked the water, flexing as he sat on the laneline to celebrate.
He was all smiles during his post-race interview, talking about having to train for 5 months out of the water due to the coronavirus pandemic. He repeatedly thanked his coaches and attributed bringing positive energy to the pool deck as one factor in his victory tonight.
This was also a great swim for Kayky Mota whose lifetime best was set at 52.73 from the U.S. Open Championships in November 2020. Lanza was the top seed going into finals, and he did improve upon his prelims time by .11, but it was not enough to secure a qualifying time in this event.
Women’s 800 Freestyle – Final
- Olympic Qualifying Time: 8:33.36
- Brazilian National Record: 8:32.96 – Joanna Maranhao (2009)
This was a surprisingly close race, as far as distance events typically go, with the three women neck-and-neck to the 500-meter mark. Then it was Roncatto who took control of the race, pulling increasing her slight lead to a body length and a half with 150 meters left.
This was a phenomenal swim for Roncatto, destroying her lifetime best from 2017 by 9.5 seconds, though she missed the Olympic qualifying time by about 6 seconds. She pushed both Dizotti and Cunha to new lifetime bests as well. Dizotti’s previous best time was set at 9:03.21 in 2019 while Cunha’s was 8:48.33 from 2019.
Men’s 100 Freestyle – Time Trial
- Olympic qualifying time: 48.57
Gabriel Santos ripped down the pool, racing only himself and the clock. He posted a time of 48.49 which would have finished 3rd in the 100 free final directly behind Spajari and under the qualifying cut of 48.57. With 1st place finisher Andre Souza out, Santos just earned himself a spot on Brazil’s Olympic roster as the #2 qualifier behind Spajari who posted a 48.31.
Santos took out the race with a blistering 50 meter split of 22.80 to drop .73 from the time he clocked in prelims the other day.
Santos said he benefitted from the intense atmosphere at the meet and thrived under the pressure of having a second solo swim. “I couldn’t find a good rhythm,” Santos said about his initial prelims swim. He said he knew he was better than that prelims swim, and tonight he definitely showed that.
Women’s 4×100 Medley Relay – Time Trial
- Medeiros/ Conceicao / Diamante / Oliveira – 4:04.33