The 2018 Maria Lenk Trophy (Brazil’s major long course national championship) kicks off on April 17th, and among the entries is Cesar Cielo in the 50 back.
In his first meet back since the 2017 FINA World Championships over six months ago, where he took 8th in the 50 free, Cielo is slated to swim the 50 back (entered in 25.89), 50 fly (entered in 23.22), and 50 and 100 free (entered in 21.77 and 48.92).
According to Brazilian news site Best Swimming, he has only swum the race eight times in his career, and if he swims, this will be the first time he does so at Maria Lenk since 2006. Cielo has scratched at least one entry at every recent national championship meet, however, so there’s no guarantee that he’ll swim the race.
He’s entered as the 10th seed with a 25.89, in addition to entries in the 100 free (48.92, 5th seed), 50 fly (23.22, 3rd seed) and 50 free (21.77, 2nd seed). The 50 back would be his 2nd event of the meet, and would come on April 20th, the same day as the 100 free.
Cielo, 31, has said that he is not sure if he will swim at the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships this summer, but is definitely all-in for the FINA Short Course World Championships in December.
Beyond December, Cielo says that he is not sure what his future in swimming will hold.