Almeida Blasts 4:12 LCM 400 IM on Day 2 of Brazil Open


After a stellar showing in yesterday’s 200 meter back, Olympian Brandonn Almeida continued to impress on day 2 of the 2016 Brazil Open. Almeida picked up another gold medal in tonight’s 400 meter IM final, winning the race in a blazing 4:12.49. That time marked his second lifetime best in as many days.

Two Brazilian stars went head-to-head in the men’s 50 meter breast, as Joao Gomes and Felipe Franca battled for the gold. The two swimmers are among the best breaststrokers in the world, as they each made the championship final of the 100 breast at this summer’s 2016 Rio Olympic Games. In tonight’s dash to the finish, it was Franca getting his hand on the wall first in 27.33, while Gomes took silver in 27.42.

The top women’s races on day 2 came in the 200 meter free and 50 meter breast, as the Championship Records fell in both of those races. First, Jhennifer Conceição downed the record mark in the 50 breast, hitting the wall in 31.08 to win the gold. In the 200 free, it was Manuella Lyrio who took down the record, swimming to a winning time of 1:58.25.

Additional Event Winners:

  • Men’s 100 back- Guilherme Guido, 54.58
  • Women’s 100 back- Natalia Luccas, 1:02.26


The Brazilian site Best Swim is tracking, after each day of the meet, who the 8 qualified swimmers for the World Championships would be to this point of the meet based on the relative points of their meets. While there are still 3 more days to go in this meet, plus the whole of the Maria Lenk Trophy, this list is “if the meets ended today,” and so is not an official roster.

  1. Brandonn Almeida, 400 IM, 4:12:49 ,901 points
  2. Manuella Lyrio, 200 free, 1:58.25, 872 points
  3. Guilherme Guido, 100 back, 54.58, 862 points
  4. Guilherme Costa, 1500 free, 15:17:46, 856 points
  5. Henrique Martins, 100 fly, 52.46, 856 points
  6. Joanna Maranhao, 800 free, 8:38.73, 848 points
  7. Leonardo De Deus, 200 back, 1:58.39, 845 points
  8. Larissa Oliveira, 200 free, 1:59.62, 843 points

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4 years ago

Wow, thats smoking. Let’s hope he can keep progressing like this!

Coach MM
4 years ago

South Carolina just won the lottery for getting this guy!

4 years ago

I would have to say USC Is probably going to win secs with this kid next year…with the addition of him it’s going to be hard to match the gamecocks strength.

Reply to  Joseph
4 years ago

You can’t win secs on the back of one person. He’ll help them but they won’t win.

Reply to  Klorn8d
4 years ago

Agree. It’s still a great move by SC, could open the door to bring on board more Brazilian talent – specifically sprinters.

This seems to be the way to elevate your program these days: build your team around sprinters, recruit foreign talent to build up your sprint group.

JP input too short
Reply to  Joseph
4 years ago

Unless he’s going to develop 18/41 free speed, they’ll still be bottom tier.

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