Fernando Scheffer is a competitive swimmer who represents Brazil internationally. Scheffer had a breakout year in 2018, when he broke five South American records, including the long course 200 free (1:45.51) at the Porto Alegre Open and the 400 free short course mark (3:39.10) at the SC World Champs, both of which occurred in December.
2016 FINA World Championships (Windsor, Ontario, Canada)
At his first world championships, Scheffer finished 25th in the 200 free, 33rd in the 400 free and 40th in the 100 free.
2018 Pan Pacific Championships (Tokyo)
In Tokyo, Scheffer finished fourth in the 200 free and sixth in the 400 free, and was part of the fourth place 800 freestyle relay.
2018 World Championships (Hangzhou, China)
At his 2nd go-around at the SC world championships, Scheffer was ready to leave hi mark. He won gold in the 800 freestyle relay in a world record time of 6:46.81 alongside Luiz Altamir Melo, Leonardo Coelho Santos and Breno Correia. Scheffer went 2nd on the relay, splitting 1:40.99 and putting them in the lead, giving them enough of an edge to touch Russia out at the finish by .03 from Lane 7.
Scheffer also finished eighth in the 400 freestyle (3:39.40) after breaking a national record in prelims at 3:39.10.
2019 Pan American Games (Lima, Peru)
In Lima, Scheffer put a cap on his long course season, winning gold in the 200 free at 1:46.68 and silver in the 400 free (3:49.60). He also helped Brazil take gold in the 4×200 free relay, splitting 1:46.36 on the 2nd leg.
2020 Olympic Games
Scheffer started his Games off in the 200 free prelims, where he broke his own national record by half a second, stopping the clock at 1:45.05 to qualify 2nd for semi-finals. After moving through the semis, Scheffer earned his first Olympic medal in the final, swimming out of lane 8 and touching at 1:44.66 for bronze.