2016 MARIA LENK TROPHY OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Friday, April 15th – Wednesday, April 20th
- Olympic Aquatics Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Prelims 9:30am local/8:30am EDT; Finals 5:30pm local/4:30pm EDT
- Brazilian Olympic Selection Criteria
- Maria Lenk Start List
- Meet Schedule
- Real-Time Results
- Qualifiers After Day 5
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.