Brazilian Court Pauses Olympic Selection After Santos’ Unconventional Berth

Brazil’s Superior Court of Sports Justice (STJD) has issued an injunction temporarily stopping the nation’s Olympic 4×100 free relay selection, per, until the court can decide whether Gabriel Santos should be selected or not.

The injunction comes after a positive doping test threw a wrench into Brazil’s selection process. Midway through the Brazilian Olympic Trials, the nation’s doping control authority provisionally suspended Andre Luiz Calvelo, who had won the 100 free and booked an Olympic berth both individually and as part of the 4×100 free relay. Per the Brazilian federation, the positive test came in mid-March.

The Brazilian federation opted to give the 9th-place finisher, Santosa time trial with potential for Olympic selection, if Calvelo’s provisional suspension is upheld. Santos took advantage, blasting a 48.49 and booking an Olympic bid, both individually and as part of the 4×100 free relay.

Had Santos not been given the time trial opportunity, fifth-place finisher Felipe Ribeiro (48.87) would have been selected as the fourth relay swimmer. Brazil would have had only one individual entrant in the 100 free, as only Calvelo and Pedro Spajari had hit the FINA A cut.

Ribeiro’s club, Unisanta, filed a protest – per – asking for Santos’ time to be annulled and Ribeiro added to the Olympic team. The STJD didn’t fully overturn Santos’ time, but did suspend Olympic selection in the men’s 4×100 free relay while the court assesses whether the time trial given to Santos was allowable.

The Brazilian federation defended its decision to offer the time trial, noting that Ribeiro had two chances to swim a 100 free (prelims and finals), while Santos only had one (prelims) before his time trial.

“We didn’t give Santos zero chances, we didn’t give two chances. We gave one chance, just like everyone else,” Brazilian Swimming Federation Vice President Renato Cordani said in the Globo report.

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12 days ago

Just because the first place was caught in doping now the fourth and fifth place won’t be able to go to the Olympics because the Olympic Comite banned the 4×100 free to compete? Seems unfair with Marcelo and Breno Correia who are the ones that truly deserve the spot…

11 days ago

I agree. Santos should’ve been in the final and therefore the time trial makes up for it. However, to save us from the drama, bring Ribeiro as a relay only heat swimmer…

Reply to  Nick
11 days ago

I kinda saw this coming… He had clean water the whole way. I really like this idea though!

Ol' Longhorn
11 days ago

Man, I wish Ribiero would file a civil suit against Santos and win it. If there were some precedent for getting your ass sued into oblivion for doping and screwing up others’ chances, it might give all the cheaters some pause. Right now, they just get to move down the road with no consequence except their suspension.

Max C
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
11 days ago

Wrong guy?

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Max C
11 days ago

Reading is hrd.

Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
10 days ago

I think he doesn’t know that Santos was suspended for doping a few years ago.

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