Budapest 2022, Day 3 South America Recap: History Made in Women’s 1500 Free Final


Beatriz Pimentel Dizotti broke her own Brazilian national record from Sunday’s prelims by three seconds with a 16:05.25 on Monday night, placing 6th in a historic women’s 1500 free final for South America. 

Fellow Brazilian Viviane Jungblut placed 7th and Chilean record holder Kristel Kobrich placed 8th, marking the first time in any Worlds event – men or women – that three South American swimmers made the same final. It was also the first time that two Brazilian women made the same Worlds final in any event. The first time a Brazilian woman competed in a Worlds final was also in the 1500 free back in 2001 (Nayara Ribeiro). 

The 22-year-old Dizotti has shown remarkable improvement over the past year, dropping more than 16 seconds since the Brazilian Olympic Trials last April. There, only a week after her 21st birthday, she set a new national record in 16:22.07, edging Jungblut’s previous mark (16:22.48) that had stood for four years. 

On the eve of last year’s Trials, Jungblut tested positive for COVID-19, forcing her to instead swim at a make-up meet two months later where she blazed a 16:15.00 to reclaim the national record by a whopping eight seconds. At last summer’s Tokyo Olympics, Jungblut placed 20th compared to Dizotti’s 24th, but both were seven seconds off their personal bests. 

The 25-year-old Jungblut was less than a second behind Dizotti during Sunday morning’s heats, but she was four seconds slower in Monday night’s finals. Dizotti, on the other hand, was three seconds faster than her national-record 16:08.35 from prelims, which qualified her sixth. 

The relative results of the Brazilian women as compared to the much-more-successful Brazilian men has been a topic of conversation for a long time, largely focused around the differing cultural attitudes toward women’s bodies and fears around developing “swimmers shoulders” in the country. Now we might be starting to see a shift in that balance with the emergence of Dizotti, Jungblut, and other up-and-coming stars such as Stephanie Balduccini, who last summer became the youngest Brazilian Olympian in 41 years. 

Women’s 1500 Free Final, Top 8

  1. Katie Ledecky (USA), 15:30.15
  2. Katie Grimes (USA), 15:44.89
  3. Lani Pallister (AUS), 15:48.96
  4. Moesha Johnson (AUS), 15:55.75
  5. Simona Quadarella (ITA), 16:03.84
  6. Beatriz Pimentel Dizotti (BRA), 16:05.25
  7. Viviane Jungblut (BRA), 16:13.89
  8. Kristel Kobrich (CHI), 16:20.24

The 36-year-old Kobrich was nearly seven seconds slower than prelims and almost 26 seconds off her Chilean record from 2013. 

Delfina Pignatiello of Argentina, who recently said she was “taking a step away from” competitive swimming (clarifying that she didn’t mean retiring), still holds the South American Record in the event in 15:51.68.

Quick Hits

  • Joao Gomes Jr. initially placed second to Italy’s Nicolo Martinenghi in the second men’s 50 breast semifinal, but the 36-year-old Brazilian was ultimately disqualified for what appeared to be multiple dolphin kicks. His DQ opened the door for Felipe Franca Silva to sneak into the final in the eighth qualifying spot. It was a brutal day for DQs as eight swimmers were deemed ineligible after the morning heats. 
  • 17-year-old Brazilian Stephanie Balduccini posted a new personal best of 1:57.54 in the women’s 200 free semifinals, but it wasn’t enough to book a spot in Tuesday’s finals. The Michigan commit cut .23 seconds off her previous best, but she finished .67 seconds away from the finals among a fast field.

Other National Records Set on Day 3

  • 23-year-old Mikel Schreuders twice broke his own Aruban record of 28.18 in the men’s 50 breast on Monday. First he clocked a 27.65 in the prelims before going 27.52 later in the semis, where he missed the final in 13th place by .32 away seconds.

South American Medals Table Through Day 3

Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
Brazil 0 1 1 2


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7 months ago

It’s not that we have “fear of developing swimmer shoulders”, it would be more simple if that was the problem. The matter with Women’s swimming in Brazil is that, IMO, most coaches do not know how to deal with girls since the beginning levels of the sport. Brazil is a very misogynistic country, and the majority of coaches in basically all sports is male. Girls here aren’t encouraged to be athletes, and if they manage to become one, it is very likely they will get unmotivated through next years, especially when puberty hits. The ‘growing up’ of Brazilian girls isn’t treated the same way boy’s is, including in sport. For example, when I was 13, entering elite team at my… Read more »

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7 months ago

Kobrich is a legend! By far the best Chilen swimmer in history, swam at her 10th consecutive world Champs.

Bolsonaro Rei do Mundo
7 months ago

Balduccini is 0.6 seconds away from breaking the South American record for the 100m freestyle and 0.26 of the South American record for the 200m freestyle. At 17! Write it down, in 1 year she beats these two records, and in 4 years she will be a medalist at the Olympics or at a Worlds.

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7 months ago

Ok now f*** o** fasci** follower

Awsi Dooger
7 months ago

I just realized Sarah Kohler wasn’t there. I knew she got married but didn’t realize she was skipping worlds. She definitely could have had a say in the medals especially that bronze number.

7 months ago

Balduccini will make the 200 Free final in Paris. You heard it here first

7 months ago

that’s pretty incredible for a 36 year old!

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