On the first day of the two day Metropolitan Swimming Championships in Belo Horizonte, Cesar Cielo began his quest toward the Short Course World Championships.
Cielo stated that the French Open a few weeks ago would be his last long course meet of the season, meaning no Pan Pac Championships. Instead, he began to acclimate himself to the 25 meter pool, which he told local media felt a little odd and reminded him that he needs to clean up details to be ready for the short course season.
Still, the results were encouraging. Cielo won the men’s 100 free in 47.19 and the 50 fly in 22.74.
This is kind of an odd bumper time in the season, but if we’re calling this still part of the 2013-2014 season, that time in the 100 free would rank him 22nd in the world.
Cielo is scheduled to swim the 50 free and the 100 fly on Saturday, which may be an even more interesting set of results.