Born June 22, 1989 in Rio de Janeiro Bruno Fratus is a professional swimmer from Brazil. Fratus is a sprint freestyle specialist, and is a 2012 London Olympian and will represent Brazil in front of a home crowd at the Rio Olympics.
Fratus signed with Arena in April 2015 – the company has been a brand favorite among the world’s most elite sprinters, and Fratus has chosen to wear Arena in his run for Rio. Standing 6’2″ Fratus has been a monster on the sprint freestyle scene since 2010, when he finished fourth overall at his first Pan Pacific Championships in Irvine, Calif.
Breakout to the swimming scene
Breaking onto the international scene, Fratus finished fourth in the 50m freestyle at the 2010 Pan Pacific Championships in Irvine. He also swam the 100m freestyle, finishing 25th overall. In 2011 at the World Championships in Shanghai, Fratus finished fifth in the 50m freestyle, finishing in under 22 seconds. In the same year he won three medals, including a gold on the 400m freestyle relay, at the Pan American Games.
Just two years after his first international competition, Fratus qualified for the 2012 London Olympics. He competed in the 50-meter freestyle and finished fourth overall just .02 seconds behind fellow Brazilian, Cesar Cielo. Fratus also brought back his first Olympic medal when he won a bronze in the 400-meter freestyle relay.
Throughout his early career Fratus had been dealing with a shoulder injury. His injury required surgery, where he repaired ligament damage in the gleno humeral capsule. After recovering from surgery, Fratus had a great comeback year in 2014.
At the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships Fratus won gold in the 50-meter freestyle, breaking the championship record. He also earned bronze as a member of the 400m freestyle relay. At the 2015 Brazilian Championships, Fratus won the national title in the 50m freestyle, securing his spot on the 2015 FINA World Championship roster.
2015 World Championships
At the 2015 World Championships in Kazan Fratus had his first medal-winning performance. In the 50-meter long course free Fratus entered the championship final in third place behind the USA’s Nathan Adrian and France’s Florent Manaudou. In the final he dropped .04 seconds, which was good enough to hold off Vladimir Morozov by .01 second for a bronze medal. Fratus also had the third leg on the 4×100-meter free relay, which finished fourth overall — his split was actually Brazil’s fastest on the relay.
2016 Rio Olympics
Fratus qualified to swim the 50 meter freestyle at his home Olympics after taking gold in the event at the Maria Lenk Trophy.
The Olympic Aquatic Center came alive with the crowd cheering on their Brazilian swimmer in the 50 meter freestyle, where Fratus finished 6th in 21.79.