Bruno Fratus Fires Off World-Leading 50 Free at Brazil Trophy

2019 BRAZIL TROPHY (FORMERLY MARIA LENK)

After going 21.68 in prelims, then the world’s fifth-fastest time of the year, Olympian Bruno Fratus ripped 2019’s fastest 50 freestyle in finals on the last day of the 2019 Brazil Trophy, Brazil’s national championships.

Fratus, swimming in only his second meet since undergoing the second shoulder surgery seven months ago, went 21.47 Sunday evening, winning the men’s 50 free by well over half a second. He overtakes Britain’s Ben Proud in the world rankings. Taking second place was Marcelo Chierighini in 22.05; earlier in the meet, he swam to a new South American textile record in the 100 free, going 47.68.

Fratus was sixth in the 100 free (48.95), missing out on Brazil’s 2019 FINA World Championships 4×100 relay team.

Fratus’ best 50 free time is 21.27, from the 2017 FINA World Championships. Last year at this meet, he was 21.35 twice. But outside of those three swims – 2017 Worlds, and the two a year ago – he hadn’t been under 21.50 since 2014.

2018-2019 LCM MEN 50 FREE

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FRATUS
04/21
21.47
2Benjamin
PROUD
GBR21.4804/28
3Andrea
VERGANI
ITA21.5304/02
4Vlad
MOROZOV
RUS21.5504/12
5Shinri
SHIOURA
JPN21.6704/07
6Caeleb
DRESSEL
USA21.6904/12
7Maxim
LOBANOVSKIJ
HUN21.7903/27
8Michael
ANDREW
USA21.8304/12
9Kristian
GKOLOMEEV
GRE21.9103/17
10Brad
TANDY
RSA21.9204/12
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Ragnar

Real men were swedes

Marmot

Preach.

Bossanova

Real men get DBZ tattoos.

Swimmar

He’s by far the fastest guy on top of the water this year, reminds me of Ervin.

Ol' Longhorn

Exactly. Like a barracuda, as Dave Marsh described Ervin.

Luigi

I don’t think anybody is as fast as Ervin on top of the water. Fratus is a good diver, which Ervin never was. Here you can see them side by side in 2016:
https://youtu.be/8yZINL_t2rg

Ol' Longhorn

They were so far off their times in that race, it’s tough to tell.

Alice Wright Belknap

Radically good Bruno Fratus !!! Watch him again in Louisville,Ky at the Derby Pro Swimming Meet April 26, 2019 at Ralph Wright Natatorium along with other WORLD famous swimmer including our own Magnificent Mallory Comerford.

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Torrey Hart

Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majors in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swims distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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