Brazilian Men Crush World Record In 800 Free Relay – 6:46.81


  • Tuesday, December 11th – Sunday, December 16th
  • Hangzhou, China
  • Tennis Centre, Hangzhou Olympic & International Expo Center
  • SCM (25m)
  • Prelims: 9:30 am local, 8:30 pm ET / Finals: 7:00 pm* local, 6:00* am ET
  • *The final night of finals will be one hour earlier, starting at 6:00 pm local and 5:00 am ET
  • Live Results (Omega)

The Brazilian men came out on top in an insane 4×200 free final that saw three teams go under the existing world record, as they put up a time of 6:46.81 to go way under Russia’s 6:49.04 mark from 2010.

Luiz Melo went out like a rocket on the opening leg, flipping in 22.95 at the 50 and 48.26 at the 100 for a huge lead. He came back to the field on the last 50, splitting 1:42.03 to put them 2nd to the U.S., and then it was a see-saw battle with Russia and China from there.

Fernando Scheffer (1:40.99) regained the lead for Brazil swimming 2nd, and then after they fell to 3rd on Leonardo Santos‘ leg (1:42.81), Breno Correia anchored them home in 1:40.98 to edge out Russia. They finished just .03 back in 6:46.84, while China was 3rd in 6:47.53. Scheffer and Correia had the fastest splits in the field.

Russia’s top leg came from Aleksandr Krasnykh (1:41.08) on the anchor, and Sun Yang (1:41.25) was the fastest for China swimming 3rd. This was his only event of the competition.

Below, check out the splits of Russia’s old world record and the three teams that went under it tonight:

Russia, 2010 SC Worlds Brazil, 2018 SC Worlds Russia, 2018 SC Worlds China, 2018 SC Worlds
Lobintsev – 1:42.10 Melo – 1:42.03 Malytuin – 1:42.34 Ji – 1:42.67
Izotov – 1:42.15 Scheffer – 1:40.99 Vekovishchev – 1:41.57 Xu – 1:41.68
Lagunov – 1:42.32 Santos – 1:42.81 Girev – 1:41.85 Sun – 1:41.25
Sukhorukov – 1:42.47 Correia – 1:40.98 Krasnykh – 1:41.08 Wang – 1:41.93
6:49.04 6:46.81 6:46.84 6:47.53

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USA Could have put together a faster relay but I don’t think they could have won

WV Swimmer

With Haas and Seliskar I think they win, but that is still 2 years (maybe longer) away


I don´t know.. remember Scheffer and Breno split 1:40:9x


in LC next year , it will be a serious battle if Usa put in Seliskar + Haas + Pieroni + a 4th strong leg with Brazil , UK and Russia . It will be epic for sure .


I wanna see who will fill the 4th spot..
De Lucca might come back.. but not a given
I never saw Pumputis, Lanza and Leonardo Santos swim a 200 LCM free.. (Mostly I want a lot to see Lanza), and there is the new kid (Sartori 1:48:9 with 16, but probably he will be good enough on 2020 only)


Want to see how Jack Levant progresses in LC this year could be the 4th leg at Worlds.

Drama King

Dont count out Aussies in LC. They probably have the best individual talent when it comes to 200 free.
Chalmers,Hortan,Winnigton, Cartwright, Graham, Lewis.. all 1.45 and 1.46
Then you have vetaran talent TFH, Mcevoy, David Mckeon, Dan Smith. That’s a real deep pool talent.


Chalmers is a 50 and 100 guy

Coach Amendoim

Tbh Brazil would still win in SCM. If you had Hass I’m sure US would get third but if we replaced Santos with Lanza or Joao that WR would be even lower…


The good about the Brazilian team is the age! Leonardo Santos is the oldest with 23. Altamir has 22, Scheffer 20 and Correia is only nineteen-years-old.

Coach MM

How crazy is this! A third world country with the world record in the 800free relay!!

nah chief

This ain it chief


You are what’s wrong with this country my friend

About James Sutherland

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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