The CBDA (Brazil’s swimming federation) has opted to wait until the last minute to decide the second spot for the 100 free at the World Championships later this month.
Nicolas Oliveira and Fernando Ernesto dos Santos both had best times of 48.72 between the three relevant Brazilian qualifying meets, which tied them for the second qualifying spot behind Marcelo Chierighini (48.11). The decision was made that there will be a swimoff, and according to the Brazilian Blog do Coach, the swim-off won’t happen until all parties arrive in Barcelona.
The federation had hoped to figure it out before leaving, however with Oliveira swimming at the World University Games in Russia this week, the schedule didn’t work out.
Both swimmers are on Brazil’s official roster, and both are expected to swim in the 400 free relay, so the event change is allowed to be made despite the passing of the FINA roster deadline.
Oliveira has the better pedigree of the two as a sprinter, and has one of the best starts in the world, but de Santos has momentum on his side. Up until this year, his specialty was as a backstroker, but about a year ago, and for the first time seriously this year, he has turned his attention to the freestyles with great success.