Brazil Will Send Largest Olympic Team Ever After 4 Qualify On Day 4 of Maria Lenk


Both male events on day 4 saw winners swim slower in finals than in prelims, while the women’s 200 fly was faster at night. With the men’s 100 free qualifying the top four for the relay there was six different qualifiers tonight, all male.

Brazil has qualified a total of 28 swimmers, including relays and swimmers ahead of the FINA “A” time for meets later in the week, which already makes the team one larger than the biggest Olympic team Brazil has ever sent (27).

The men’s 100 free started things off with individual and relay spots on the line. Coming in Marcelo Chierighini and Nicolas Oliveira held the top two spots in the race for qualifying individually after posting times of 48.20 and 48.30 respectively this morning, so they both came in with targets on their back. It didn’t phase them, as they went 1-2, albeit slower than the morning, with Chierighini winning in 48.23 and Oliveira 2nd in 48.54. That qualified them individually, and Joao De Lucca (48.59, Maria Lenk prelims) and Matheus Santana (48.71, Brazil Open) who were next in line to earn relay spots. De Lucca was 4th in the final in 48.68 while Santana was 5th in 48.80, both behind Canadian Santo Condorelli who was 3rd.

In the women’s 200 fly national record holder Joanna Maranhao was the top Brazilian finisher in 2:11.75, falling short of the 2:09.33 qualifying standard. Since she has already qualified for Rio in the individual medley events she may have the opportunity to swim the 200 fly as well.

The men’s 200 breast saw Thiago Pereira take the win 2:11.86, but the two Olympic slots went to Tales Cerdeira and Thiago Simon. Cerdeira was only 4th tonight in 2:12.72, but his morning swim of 2:10.99 makes him the top Brazilian. Simon was 3rd tonight in 2:12.63, but earns a spot after his swim of 2:11.29 at the Brazil Open. Both men are under the standard of 2:11.66.

Qualified Brazilians through Maria Lenk Trophy Day 4

  • Brandonn Almeida, 400 IM, 4:14.63
  • Daiene Dias, 100 fly, 58.07
  • Daynara Ferreira, 100 fly, 58.38
  • Luis Melo, 400 free, 3:50.32
  • Joanna Maranhao, 400 IM, 4:38.66
  • Joao Gomes Jr, 100 breast, 59.10
  • Felipe Franca Silva, 100 breast, 59.36
  • Etiene Medeiros, 100 back, 1:00.00
  • Nicolas Oliveira, 200 free, 1:46.97
  • Joao de Lucca, 200 free, 1:46.42
  • Guilherme Guido, 100 back, 53.09
  • Luis Melo, 800 free relay
  • Andre Pereira, 800 free relay
  • Larissa Oliveira, 200 free, 1:57.37
  • Manuella Lyrio, 200 free, 1:58.43
  • Leonardo de Deus, 200 fly, 1:55.54
  • Kaio Almedia, 200 fly, 1:56.21
  • Joanna Maranhao, 200 IM, 2:14.04
  • Marcelo Chierighini, 100 free, 48.20
  • Nicolas Oliveira, 100 free, 48.30
  • Joao De Lucca, 400 free relay
  • Matheus Santana, 400 free relay
  • Tales Cerdeira, 200 breast, 2:10.99
  • Thiago Simon, 200 breast, 2:11.29

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Derek Mead

Doesn’t the host country automatically get to send a full roster for every sport, regardless of qualifying standards, to ensure the host nation has a large number of athletes competing?

Is that right?

Derek – that’s true in most sports, especially team sports, but isn’t true for pool swimming. Plus, Brazil has set their own qualification standard as the FINA ‘A’ standard, so those 28 qualified would be eligible to go regardless of any home-nation discount.

In open water swimming, Brazil gets a minimum of 1 male and 1 female guaranteed. They had 2 women in the top 10 at Worlds, so they got 2 in there, and Allan do Carmo was 9th on the men’s side, so he’ll account for their one entry.

Derek Mead

OK, thanks Braden.

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James Sutherland

James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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