Cesar Cielo Misses Brazilian Olympic Team For His Home Olympics

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Tonight, world record holding sprinter Cesar Cielo was beaten out by both Bruno Fratus and Italo Duarte in the 50 free, missing his chance to qualify for Brazil’s Olympic team.

Cielo clocked 21.91 in the event, improving his prelims time by .08, but it just wasn’t enough. Fratus’s spot on the team was very safe going into the event due to his 21.50 from the Brazil Open, but he kicked it in and won anyway, swimming 21.74. Meanwhile, Duarte finished in 21.82, improving his Brazil Open time and edging out Cielo.

Tonight’s swim was Cielo’s final chance at making an individual event in his home Olympics, after he dropped out of the Brazil Open in December and scratched the final of the 100 free earlier this week.

Cielo, the most successful Brazilian swimmer in history, may have a chance at a relay spot, if the Brazilian Swimming Federation (CBDA) decides to take pity on him. Brazil’s qualification guidelines outline that the country can enter relay-only swimmers provided that they have made the ‘B’ standard for their leg of the relay, which Cielo certainly has.

Brazil’s fourth place finish in the 400 free relay in Kazan has guaranteed their relay’s spot in Rio. However, if the CBDA adds Cielo onto the team as a relay swimmer, he will have to compete, unlike in past years, when relay-only swimmers were allowed to serve as alternates. This means that the Brazilian coaches will have to weigh the risks of missing the ‘A’ final when selecting their final Olympic roster.

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ERVINFORTHEWIN
5 years ago

AIE AIE Mr Cielo . Sorry to hear u wont be part of the only Olympics that will be held in Brazil . I hope he rebounds somewhere else this summer and still Be happy .

Admin
5 years ago

This is not a joke. I am not trying to be funny or make fun of Cesar….but I will miss him for one reason. I loved his emotion on the podium, loved how he cried when he won.

I think a lot of swimmers fight to hold back tears. I certainly did, and wish I had not. I wish I had just let it rip.

We need more raw emotions in the sport. And crying over wins is the good kind… I am sorry Cesar will not be competing in Rio.

Curious
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
5 years ago

Wow Mel you won the gold medal? I didnt know that. Congrats!

Reply to  Curious
5 years ago

…after 24 years, it’s a blurred memory, almost gone.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
5 years ago

I agree with u Mel – not too many let their emotions just flow out after a huge victory …too much Ego in the way ? I believe so

PVSFree
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
5 years ago

You need to have a bit of an ego to reach that level and be that competitive to win an Olympic gold, so I totally think it’s ego

swammer81
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
5 years ago

Agreed Mel! And the emotion was such a contrast to all the pre-race chest thumping. He had a great, long career to be proud of.

Definitely Not Sun Yang
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
5 years ago

Haha don’t worry Mel! I’m sure he’ll be crying after this one!

BayArea Swim
Reply to  Definitely Not Sun Yang
5 years ago

Ohhhh….. BUUURRRNNNTTTT!!!

C Martin
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
5 years ago

Now I don’t know Portuguese, but I do know emotion…it’s so sad to think about there not being a fairytale ending for Cielo. He always has been incredibly passionate about this sport.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSbvoyUqNMo

English to Portuguese translator
Reply to  C Martin
5 years ago

He handled it well. Said the two swimmers that performed the best are going to represent the country. That Brazil swimming is in good hands.

He apologized to his parents and the fans for not performing at a higher level. Then again repeated that Brazil swimming was in good hands.

I thought the reporter was kind of hard on him, twice asking if he thought he had done everything to be ready for that moment.

Portuguese to English translator
Reply to  English to Portuguese translator
5 years ago

He handled it well. Said the two swimmers that performed the best are going to represent the country. That Brazil swimming is in good hands.

He apologized to his parents and the fans for not performing at a higher level. Then again repeated that Brazil swimming was in good hands.

I thought the reporter was kind of hard on him, twice asking if he thought he had done everything to be ready for that moment.

Tom from Chicago
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
5 years ago

Serious question Mel, but how would you feel if you won a silver medal in the Olympics and later found out the Gold medalist had tested postive for a steroid masking agent?

Having spent half my life in the lab, I think I have a different perspective. I think the burden of proof is so difficult, that when anyone gets busted for doping, it’s clearly cheating. I would like to see blood tests. I think WADA and other FINA admins don’t want to know what the hematocrit levels are for swimmers at Olympics or Worlds.

weirdo
5 years ago

Too bad!

UbaZava
5 years ago

Hope the brazilian team takes him anyway. He deserves to finish his career at home where he started, and be cheered as the legend that he is for Brazilians and southamericans in general.

weirdo
Reply to  UbaZava
5 years ago

disagree! he scratched the event. plus he would take the place of someone who actually made the event.

Thank You Cesar
Reply to  weirdo
5 years ago

No, he actually is 5th swimmer for 4×100, and he can, absolutelly, swim good enought the prelims in Rio. I say 48 low at least, launched

Mark Chan
Reply to  Thank You Cesar
5 years ago

Cesar does NOT swim relay prelims, Thank you very much.
In the words of Cesar “give me a final berth or I won’t go at all!”

LA
5 years ago

Sad to see the world record holder on both 50 and 100 freestyle end his career like that. Missing the team at his home Olympic Games.

Bye bye Cesar Cielo you will be missed at that 50 free Olympic Final.

Joel Lin
5 years ago

There isn’t anything he didn’t do at least twice. World records, world championship gold, Olympic gold. The first man under 19 seconds in the 50 SCY.

I’m going to miss the Big Bad Wolf of São Paulo. You’ll never be forgotten Cesar.

Matthew
Reply to  Joel Lin
5 years ago

Freddie Bouquet was first under with an 18.76. Cielo scorched it down to 18.49 as a sophomore in a textile suit (though full body). He was as impressive in 2008 as Dressel was this year at NCAAs.

swimnerd
Reply to  Matthew
5 years ago

Ben Wildman-Tobriner was the first under.

Mark Chan
Reply to  Joel Lin
5 years ago

Twice olympics gold?
He has only 1 olympics gold.

luigi
5 years ago

sad but not entirely a surprise.

Joel Lin
5 years ago

Nice catch Matthew. I got the Auburn part right at least. Yes, Freddie and Cesar. What an era for collegiate swimming that was.

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