Cesar Cielo has withdrawn from the Brazilian Pan Pacs team, which is the latest blow to a Brazilian sprint group that has high hopes for relay medals at the 2015 World Championships and 2016 Olympic Championships.
In a letter sent out Monday by president Coaracy Nunes, the CBDA announced the final Pan Pacs roster, and Cielo was not on it. According to Pussielidi, skipping Pan Pacs had been in Cielo’s mind before Maria Lenk, but swimming a 21.39 without being fully tapered gave him pause.
Upon further reflection though, Cielo has decided that his bigger picture goals will be better served by taking time to become more accustomed to his new team and new training, according to Blog do Coach’s Alex Pussielidi. His plan is to come back full-force for the Short Course World Championships.
Cielo is currently ranked #1 in the world in the 50 meter free in long course, with 7 of the world’s top 10 in that event swimming for Pan Pac participating countries.
SwimSwam’s Brazilian correspondent D’Artagnan Dias analyzes the decision as a logical one; to many of Cielo’s sponsors, the short course World Championships carry a more prestigious weight than Pan Pacs, regardless of the perception of the broader swimming community.
While Brazil is not one of the four founding nations of the Pan Pac Championships, it is the country’s focus meet this year. They will now be without their two fastest 100 freestylers: Cielo and Junior World Record holder Matheus Santana. The Brazilians’ four best had an opportunity to upend the inconsistent sprint relays from Australia and the United States at Pan Pacs, but without Cielo or Santana, that chance virtually disappears.
Cielo is the fastest-ever swimmer over 50 long course meters and over 50 yards; if his focus lies entirely on the Short Course World Championships, the 27-year old could add the 50 short course meters World Record to that list as well and unify the three marks.
Of interest to American fans is that U.S. coach Brett Hawke at Auburn University will be on this staff, just as he was for Worlds last year. He’s now the coach of both Marcelo Chierighi and Bruno Fratus. In all, there are 9 coaches for just 19 swimmers, meaning everyone should get plenty of attention in pre-meet workouts.
The 2014 Pan Pacs will run from August 21st-25th in Gold Coast, Australia.
At the 2010 Pan Pacs, Cielo took a silver in the 50 free, a bronze in the 100 free, and a gold in the 50 fly.
The latest list of Brazlian entries for Pan Pacs:
|BRUNO Fratus||ECP / SP||ALESSANDRA MARCHIORO||BFR / RJ|
|JOAO DE LUCCA||ECP / SP||ANA CARLA CARVALHO||ECP / SP|
|NICOLAS OLIVEIRA||MTC / MG||Daynara DE PAULA||SESI / SP|
|GUILLHERME GUIDO||ECP / SP||Etienne MEDEIROS||SESI / SP|
|FÁBIO SANTI||ECP / SP||CAROLINA BERGAMASCHI||MTC / MG|
|LEONARDO DE DEUS||SCCP / SP||Graciele HERRMANN||GNU / RS|
|JOAO GOMES JR||ECP / SP||–||–|
|FRANCA FELIPE SILVA||SCCP / SP||–||–|
|THIAGO SIMON||SCCP / SP||–||–|
|TALES CERDEIRA||UNISANTA / SP||–||–|
|NICHOLAS SANTOS||UNISANTA / SP||–||–|
|Thiago Pereira||SESI / SP||–||–|
|MARCELO Chierighini||ECP / SP||–||–|
|PROF. RÔMULO Noronha – EHAD COACH||CBDA|
|PROF. ALBERTO SILVA – COACH||CBDA|
|PROF. FERNANDO vanzella – COACH||CBDA|
|PROF. SCOTT VOLKERS – COACH||MTC / MG|
|PROF. SERGIO MARQUES – COACH||SCCP / SP|
|PROF. CARLOS MATHEUS – COACH||SCCP / SP|
|PROF. BRETT HAWKE – COACH||CBDA|
|PROF. ANDRE FERREIRA – COACH||ECP / SP|
|PROF. Arilson SILVA – TECHNICAL||CBDA|
|PROF. FREDERICK SON Guariglia||GNU / RS|
|DR. GUSTAVO Magliocca – DOCTOR||CBDA|
|FT. NATAN CUNHA – PHYSIOTHERAPIST||CBDA|
|DR. PAUL MARINO – BIOMECHANICIST||CBDA|
|PROF. Nathalia MEDEIROS – PHYSIOLOGIST||CBDA|
|VAGNER BIRTH – Masseuse||CBDA|