Can Brazil Win the 4×100 Olympic Relay in Rio? Gold Medal Minute Presented by

Gold Medal Minute presented by

Cesar Cielo (César Cielo Filho) still squats on two of the most sought after world records in swimming — 50 and 100m freestyle. He is a global star in our sport, and a towering star in Brazil. Now he’s leading Brazil’s next generation of sprinters to the 2016 Olympic Games.

Can the Brazilian sprinters come together to win relay gold in Rio?

Cesar, the old veteran, appears sober about their chances, but from his answers in the video above, I think he’s soft-selling it. Brazil, on paper, has more talent in the tank than any swimming nation on earth.  Add to that the home court advantage with the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, and it appears they’re the favorite to win….in at least the 4×100 freestyle relay.

I think we’re seeing an historic shift in the 4×100 free relay field, worldwide.  Team USA is always extremely tough, but not looking great right now. The Aussies? James Magnussen is a huge question mark with his shoulder surgery. The Russians? They’re a wild card. The French? They’re aging.  The Brazilans? They’re stacked. Period.

Mel 4×100 men’s free relay predictions for Rio:

I know it’s early, but let’s play this game.

Team USA wins………silver.

Brazil, the hometown favorites, take the gold.

The Russians win the bronze.

What are your picks for the men’s Olympic 4×100 freestyle relay?


This is a Gold Medal Media production presented by Host Gold Medal Mel Stewart is a 3-time Olympic medalist and the co-founder of, a Swimming News website.

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BOLD. Really like it. It’s hard to say who will make the U.S. relay besides Adrian and Phelps, but who do you envision being on Brazil’s relay? Cielo, Santana, Joao, Chierighini, Oliviera? How about the Russians? Morozov, Izotov, Lobinstev, Grechin? The same quartet as 2012? I really wouldn’t count out France either. Manadou has looked great, Gilot is always strong, Agnel should find himself again, and Mehtella is improving very quickly.


Brazil team will be between 7 guys. Cielo Santana fratus de lucca chiereginni Oliveira the new one might be Felipe Ribeiro he.just turned 17 and is 49,1 already and is Santana training partner. He will be at Jr worlds this year


Also should’ve mentioned Fratus. His raw speed will definitely be an asset to that Brazilian team.


Brazilians have a serious chance of making that final owesome and exciting . They have what it takes to win gold . That said , it will require training those relay exchanges and be on top game of course . The Us team is a bit of a mystery one year ahead . . . Big mystery for who will be ligned up in prelims & Finals . Adrian , Feigen , Phelps and …. Conger , Dressel ? very hard to predict what they will do . I will put a Joker on Team Usa , knowing anyway they will stand strong in the final . Russia has also the potential to win / they came close in 2009… Read more »

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Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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