In an unexpected turn of events, sources have told SwimSwam this morning that Brazilian speedster Cesar Cielo has left Kazan.
Due to his nagging shoulder issues, Cielo, who finished 6th in the men’s 50m butterfly event on Monday, has scratched his final individual event, the men’s 50m freestyle. Cielo is three-time defending world champion in the event, having won the 50m freestyle at the 2009, 2011 and 2013 World Championships, the latter in a time of 21.32. Cielo sat as the 7th seed coming into this year’s competition.
By leaving the meet, Cielo will also forego his role as freestyle anchor on the Brazilian squad’s 4×100 medley relay. Cielo had already missed swimming on his team’s 4×100 freestyle relay earlier in the week citing shoulder issues, a move which may have contributed to the relay’s fourth place finish.
Sources say “his Brazilian teammates are ‘stunned’ by his decision.”
Brazil will still have powerhouse Bruno Fratus in the men’s 50m freestyle, where he is seeded 5th in a time of 21.74.