Brazil’s De Deus Punches Ticket to Third Olympic Games, Costa Adds 800 Free

2021 BRAZILIAN OLYMPIC TRIALS

One swimmer added his name to Brazil’s Olympic roster during Wednesday’s finals session of the 2021 Brazilian Olympic Trials, and it was two-time Olympian Leonardo De Deus. This will be 30-year-old De Deus’s third consecutive Olympic Games, as he placed 13th in the 100 fly at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Tonight, he won the race with a substantial lead of about 3.5 seconds. After touching the wall with a time of 1:56.01, a little less than half a second under the qualifying time, and hopping out of the pool, De Deus gave a quick thumbs up and salute as he smiled at someone off-camera.

“I am very happy for this classification, it was not easy,” he told reporters after his race. You could see him grinning beneath his mask throughout most of the interview.

This swim ranks him 14th in the world this season behind South Africa’s Chad le Clos: 

2020-2021 LCM Men 200 Fly

KristofHUN
Milak
03/24
1:51.40
2Federico
Burdisso
ITA1:54.4104/01
3Tamas
Kenderesi
HUN1:54.6412/09
4Tomoru
Honda
JPN1:54.8804/06
5David
Thomasberger
GER1:55.0404/03
6Daiya
Seto
JPN1:55.2004/06
6James
Guy
GBR1:55.2004/15
8Aleksandr
Kudashev
RUS1:55.4004/06
9Yuki
Kobori
JPN1:55.5503/05
10Nao
Horomura
JPN1:55.6802/06
11Trenton
Julian
USA1:55.7705/15
12Teppei
Morimoto
JPN1:55.8204/06
13Takumi
Terada
JPN1:55.8604/06
14Chad
le Clos
RSA1:55.8804/08
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De Deus also finished in 13th place in the 200 backstroke at the 2016 Rio Olympics, an event that will be contested on Friday.

22-year-old Guilherme Costa added the 800 freestyle to his Olympic schedule during Wednesday’s finals session of the 2021 Brazilian Olympic Trials. The South American and Brazilian National Record-holder commanded the race, touching the wall 9 seconds ahead of the field with a time of 7:50.41 and ranking himself 8th in the world this season:

2020-2021 LCM Men 800 Free

2Gabriele
Detti
ITA7:46.5804/01
3Felix
Auboeck
AUT7:46.7204/11
4Florian
Wellbrock
GER7:48.1204/16
5Aleksandr
Egorov
RUS7:48.2504/07
6Mykhailo
Romanchuk
UKR7:48.5303/07
7Shui
Kurokawa
JPN7:49.5504/07
8Jack
McLoughlin
AUS7:49.8512/16
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He was 3 seconds off his own South American record of 7:47.37 from the 2019 U.S. Open and he expressed some disappointment in his time tonight during his post-race interview. If he repeated that swim tonight, it would have been the 4th fastest 800 freestyle in the world this season.

However, Brazil’s distance star is set to swim the 1500 freestyle on Friday, and he told reporters that he is looking forward to it. His lifetime best time, 14:55.49 from the 2019 U.S. National Championships, is 5 seconds faster than the Olympic qualifying standard so he has a good chance of earning a spot on Brazil’s Olympic roster in every distance freestyle event.

Racing will continue tomorrow morning at 9:30 am local time (8:30 am EDT) with the men’s 100 freestyle, women’s 200 butterfly and men’s 200 breaststroke.

Brazilian Olympic Roster After Day 3

  1. Guilherme Costa: 400 freestyle, 800 freestyle
  2. Felipe Lima: 100 breaststroke
  3. Fernando Scheffer: 200 freestyle
  4. Breno Correia: 200 freestyle
  5. Guilherme dias Masse: 100 backstroke
  6. Guilherme Guido: 100 backstroke
  7. Leonardo De Deus: 200 butterfly

FINA “A” Standards:

MEN’S CUT EVENT WOMEN’S CUT
22.01 50 freestyle 24.77
48.57 100 m freestyle 54.38
1:47.02 200 m freestyle 1:57.28
3:46.78 400 m freestyle 4:07.90
7:54.31 800 m freestyle 8:33.36
15:00.99 1500 m freestyle 16:32.04
53.85 100 m backstroke 1:00.25
1:57.50 200 m backstroke 2:10.39
59.93 100 m breaststroke 1:07.07
2:10.35 200 m breaststroke 2:25.52
51.96 100 m butterfly 57.92
1:56.48 200 m butterfly 2:08.43
1:59.67 200 m individual medley 2:12.56
4:15.84 400 m individual medley 4:38.53

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