Brazil Adds Gabriel Santos, Matheus Gonche and Bruno Fratus to Olympic Roster


The 2021 Brazilian Olympic Trials concluded tonight and with six days of racing completed, Brazil’s Olympic Roster has grown to 15 swimmers.

After Andre Souza , the top qualifier in the men’s 100 free, was removed from the roster following a doping violation, 9th place finisher Gabriel Santos was offered a time trial. He only needed to beat 48.95 to join the top 4 and be considered for a relay spot, but Santos blasted a 48.49 and undercut the Olympic qualifying time by .08.

Santos competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics as part of Brazil’s 400 freestyle relay which finished in 5th place. This will be his first individual Olympic event. His fastest time before this meet was 48.30, a time he posted at the 2017 FINA World Championships.

Matheus Gonche won the 100 butterfly with a time of 51.94, being the only swimmer under 52.00 and beating the Olympic qualifying time by .02. Gonche was thrilled during his post-race interview, mentioning the unique training circumstances that the coronavirus pandemic inflicted on him and his competitors. He said he trained for 5 months out of the water.

Going into this meet, his lifetime best was 52.67 from 2019.

Since no one in the men’s 50 freestyle final was able to beat the Olympic qualifying time, two-time Olympian Bruno Fratus‘s spot is officially secured. He hit a 21.80 at the Pro Swim Series in Misson Viejo during the qualifying period earlier this month. Tonight, Pedro Spajari came the closest to the Olympic qualifying time of 22.01, missing it by .03.

Brazilian Olympic Roster After Day 6

  1. Guilherme Costa: 400 freestyle, 800 freestyle, 1500 freestyle
  2. Felipe Lima: 100 breaststroke
  3. Fernando Scheffer: 200 freestyle
  4. Breno Correia: 200 freestyle
  5. Guilherme dias Masse: 100 backstroke
  6. Guilherme Guido: 100 backstroke
  7. Leonardo De Deus: 200 butterfly
  8. Beatriz Pimentel Dizotti: 1500 freestyle
  9. Betina Lorscheitter1500 freestyle
  10. Pedro Spajari: 100 freestyle
  11. Caio Pumputis: 200 individual medley
  12. Vini Lanza200 individual medley
  13. Bruno Fratus: 50 freestyle
  14. Matheus Gonche: 100 butterfly
  15. Gabriel Santos: 100 freeestyle


FINA “A” Standards:

22.01 50 freestyle 24.77
48.57 100 m freestyle 54.38
1:47.02 200 m freestyle 1:57.28
3:46.78 400 m freestyle 4:07.90
7:54.31 800 m freestyle 8:33.36
15:00.99 1500 m freestyle 16:32.04
53.85 100 m backstroke 1:00.25
1:57.50 200 m backstroke 2:10.39
59.93 100 m breaststroke 1:07.07
2:10.35 200 m breaststroke 2:25.52
51.96 100 m butterfly 57.92
1:56.48 200 m butterfly 2:08.43
1:59.67 200 m individual medley 2:12.56
4:15.84 400 m individual medley 4:38.53

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1 month ago

Considering the poor conditions, Bruno was lucky to have his meet elsewhere even if he had short notice. It was the right call to let him do it due to the circumstances. Did he get special treatment? Of course. But many circumstances were out of his control. I’m happy for Brazil that their best medal hope will be in Tokyo.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  2Fat4Speed
1 month ago

Not sure getting 2 weeks notice on the big meet, while still lifting heavy and planning for a meet a month later, and still delivering a world class time is “lucky.”

Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 month ago

I think thats exactly what lucky is

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Owlmundo
1 month ago

Yeah. Talent has nothing to do with it 

Reply to  Owlmundo
1 month ago

It’s crazy how hard some people need to work to be that lucky

Joel Lin
Reply to  Owlmundo
1 month ago

Also gave Bruno a longer cycle to fully prepare his training for Tokyo. His tactics were smart & it worked.

1 month ago

No 4×1 or 4×2 free ?

Reply to  Comet
1 month ago

Women 4×1 and mixed medley will time trial today

1 month ago

Actually Gabriel Santos’ fastest time is 47.98, from 2018 BRA Nationals.