Brazil Announces Largest Olympic Team Ever

The host nation of Brazil announced their largest Olympic swimming team ever today.  Twenty men and nine women will represent the country at this summer’s Rio Games, the country’s largest team ever.

Three-time Olympian Thiago Pereira headlines the list.  He won the silver medal in the 400m IM in 2012 behind Ryan Lochte, beating out the world record holder Michael Phelps in that swim.  However, Pereira will not compete in that event this summer, instead focusing on the shorter 200 IM.

Thiago Pereira no Parque Aquatico Maria Lenk. 21 de abril de 2016, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil. Foto: Satiro Sodré/ SSPress

Thiago Pereira no Parque Aquatico Maria Lenk. 21 de abril de 2016, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil. Foto: Satiro Sodré/ SSPress

Other prominent names on the men’s roster will include sprint freestyle Bruno Fratus, who won bronze in the 50m free in Kazan last summer, NCAA stars Marcelo Chierighini and João de Lucca, and 2015 World University Games gold medalist Henrique Martins.  The men will be swimming the 4×100 free and 4×100 medley relays.

The women’s roster more than doubled in size from 2012, from four to nine.  Joanna Maranhão will also be swimming in her fourth Olympics, representing Brazil in both individual medley events.  Kazan 50m backstroke silver medalist Etiene Medeiros is entered in four events, including both sprint freestyles, the 100m back, and the 4x100m free relay.

Etiene Medeiros. Coletiva de imprensa, realizada no Parque Aquatico Maria Lenk. 21 de abril de 2016, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil. Foto: Satiro Sodré/ SSPress

Etiene Medeiros. Coletiva de imprensa, realizada no Parque Aquatico Maria Lenk. 21 de abril de 2016, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil. Foto: Satiro Sodré/ SSPress

World record holder Cesar Cielo failed to qualify for the team.  While a few names may still be added to the roster to fill out relays, Cielo only finished 7th in the 100 free, ending any hope he had of making this summer’s team.

Full Rosters:

Men (20)

Bruno Fratus (50m free)
Ítalo Manzine (50m free)
Marcelo Chierighini (100m free, 4x100m free and 4x100m medley)
Nicolas Oliveira (100m free, 200m free, 4x100m free)
João de Lucca (200m free and 4x100m free)
Matheus Santana (4x100m free)
Luiz Altamir (400m free)
Brandonn Almeida (1500m free and 400m IM)
Miguel Valente (1500m free)
João Gomes Jr (100m breast and 4x100m medley)
Felipe França (100m breast)
Tales Cerdeira (200m breast)
Thiago Simon (200m breast)
Guilherme Guido (100m back, 4x100m medley)
Leonardo de Deus (200m back,  200m fly)
Kaio Marcio (200m fly)
Henrique Martins (100m fly, 4x100m medley)
Marcos Macedo (100m fly)
Henrique Rodrigues (200m IM)
Thiago Pereira (200m IM)

Women (9)

Etiene Medeiros (50m free, 100m free, 100m back, and 4x100m free)
Graciele Herrmann (50m free)
Larissa Oliveira (100m free, 200m free, 4x100m free, and 4x200m free)
Jessica Bruin (4x200m free)
Gabrielle Roncatto (4x200m free)
Manuella Lyrio (200m free, 4x100m free, and 4x200m free)
Daiene Dias (100m fly)
Daynara de Paula (100m fly, and 4x100m free)
Joanna Maranhão (200m IM and 400m IM)

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Rafael

Some changes will be made after may when fina defines the relay. The 4×200 will surely qualify so they will add one more swimmer as the 3Rd swimmer is altamir who is on the team. Also Gabriel Santos will be the alternate for the 4×100 relay. Women medley may go after fina definition

DDias

Right now, only two chances of medal:Fratus 50 free and men’s 4x100free.

The women’s have a chance of two finals with 4x200free and 4x100free.It will be quite the deed if they do that.

Victor P

IMO, the medaling chances for the men are outside medaling chances for the bronze (stiff competition from Manaudou, Adrian, Dressel & McEvoy; USA, AUS, Russia (slight edge), Italy (on par) in the 4×100). But they can’t be thinking that way! The sport is growing in Brazil and their becoming more competitive than ever before. That bodes only well for the future. On the women’s side, USA, AUS, China, Sweden, Holland, Italy, Canada, Russia (I guess they’re competing?) have better times. Brazil would have to have 4 best swims to qualify for the final. In the 4×100 I think they have a better chance, but no better than 7th place. I think if they have a number of swimmers who can… Read more »

Sean S

You’re going to rule out a 59.0 breaststroker dropping a little more time or Pereira giving Lochte a run in the IM?

London Calling

Phelps, Lochte, Hagino in 200 IM, in that order. Book it!

If the 59.0 breastsroker drops more time at the age of 30 having just recently finished serving his ban, it will be another “miracle” and you may want to check his medical cabinet.

Victor P

The best they can hope for in the 200 IM is 5th place (behind 2 Americans and 2 Japanese). The best textile time by a Brazilian in the 200 IM is 1:57 flat. If Lochte or Phelps are that off, it would be surprising to say the least. Hagino’s looking to improve 1:55 and Seto’s been sub 1:57.

Rafael

Victor p the best 200im textile by pereira is 1:56:30 not 1:57 flat

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