Brazilian sprinter Cesar Cielo time trial-ed a 100 free yesterday according to Brazilian news site SporTV, hitting the wall at 49.46 at a Pinheiros meet in Brazil. That time is just a few tenths shy of the world top 25 list, and marks only his second time racing in the last year. Two weeks ago, Cielo swam in his first race in 11 months, posting times of 23.75 in the 50 fly and 22.44 in the 50 free. His 50 fly ranked him 9th in the world at the time, which still holds at 9th today.
Cielo switched clubs earlier this year, leaving Minas Tênis to link back up with Pinheiros, where he trained from ages 15 to 22. After missing the 2016 Brazilian Olympic team and, in turn, missing out on the once-in-a-lifetime chance to represent his country at a home Olympics, Cielo has been racing again in hopes to bounce back this summer.
Brazilian sprinting, which is the signature strength for the South American nation, came home with zero medals at the Rio Games. In the 400 free relay, they were only able to muster a 3:13.21 for fifth place, almost two full seconds behind bronze.
According to SporTV, Gabriel Souza raced in the Pinheiros time trial as well, posting a 49.58. Meanwhile, two other Brazilians dipped beneath the 50-second barrier, as Bruno Fratus (49.18) and Marcelo Chierighini (49.32) raced at a meet in Auburn. Fratus and Chierighini were two members of the Brazilian 400 free relay in Rio.
Cielo is the world record holder in the 50m and 100m freestyle, having gone 20.91 in the 50 and 46.91 in the 100 in 2009 wearing an infamous “magic” tech suit. He holds the top 14 times in Brazilian history in the 100 free, the most recent of which being a 47.92 from the London Olympics in summer of 2012 which is the 11th-fastest time he’s ever gone.