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?
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