Bruno Fratus To Help Team Brazil Seek Third-Straight Raia Rapida Title

We’re less than a month away from Brazil’s annual sprint format showdown meet, and Bruno Fratus has already been named as one of the four members of a home team looking to win its third consecutive title.

The Raia Rapida meet is part of a new breed of sprint-based format meets built to be a spectator spectacle. The meet features four different nations, each with a 4-man roster. The event lineup features just 5 events – long course 50s of fly, back, breast and free, plus a 4×50 medley relay.

But the meet itself stretches out over about an hour with a series of elimination rounds in each stroke. Each nation enters one swimmer per stroke. All four entrants compete, with the 4th-place finisher eliminated in the first round. In round 2, the remaining three competitors show down with the third-place finisher booted. Then the two remaining swimmers compete for the event title in the final round.

After all three rounds of all four 50-meter races, each nation’s quartet team up for a 4×50 medley relay race to close the meet.

The winner of each event gets 3 points for their nation. Second place takes 2 points, third 1 and the first swimmer eliminated in each event gets no points. The relay scores the same points for 1st through 4th place.

Since its inception in 2012, the meet has featured some of the world’s top sprinters and a rotating cast of nations. Brazil and the United States have been mainstays of the lineup since the inaugural meet. France and Australia have competed in years past, but last year it was South Africa and Italy filling the other two spots.

Participating nations and swimmers haven’t been officially named yet, but Fratus tweeted a promo showing himself as one of the members of Team Brazil. The 28-year-old has been pushed aside a bit by his federation, which is looking to groom younger athletes, but was Brazil’s most successful swimmer at the 2017 World Championships, winning silver medals in the 50 free and 4×100 free relay.

Brazil has racked up three straight titles in this meet stretching back to 2014. The 2017 meet will take place on October 15 at Brazil’s historic Maria Lenk Aquatic Center.

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USA just needs to send in their B team instead of their C team like they usually do


Guido + Joao + Nicholas + Fratus would be beaten by US B Team? Joao is the second fastest 50 m Breaststroker, Nicholas is the textile WR on 50 fly and Fratus 3rd Fastest Textile 50 free.. If a 4×50 would be competed even US A Team (Greevers, Cordes, Dressel and Adrian) would have a tough time.. probably would not win on 4×50 Medley


Just to make a little math with 2017 times
Total time – US x BR
Back – 24,56 x 24,72 (0,16 ADV US)
Fly – 22,76 x 22,61 (0,01 ADV US)
Breast – 26,52 x 26,80 (0,27 ADV BR)
Free – 21,75 x 21,27 (0,75 ADV BR)

Not everybody would go a PB, relay start counts, but BR would have a little advantage.. saying the B Team would win is out of question..


If those times are from 2017 where is Dressels?


He swam a 22.76 in the semis of the 50fly at the WC


USA doesn’t send anyone, the meet organization invites swimmers (and pay for trip expenses) regardless of rankings or any criteria… Apparently the Brazilian team is the only one selected according to their natl rankings.


I hope Michael Andrew does this.

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