Chierighini Moves Into Worlds Position With 48.4 100 FR At Maria Lenk


  • Tuesday, May 2nd – Saturday, May 6th
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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  • Finals: 5:30 PM Rio time / 4:30 PM EST (Fri/Sat 7 / 6 PM)
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Day 3 of the Maria Lenk Trophy saw lots of shuffling in Brazil’s top-8 FINA point rankings, though there was only one newcomer in the list.

Marcelo Chierighini had the top prelim time in the men’s 100 free at 48.46, scoring 907 FINA points and moving him into a potential spot on the World Championship roster. In the final, Gabriel Santos reclaimed the top Brazilian time of the season in 48.11, improving from 7th to 2nd on the list with 927 points.

Also improving his ranking during the finals session was Leonardo De Deus, who clocked a personal best 1:54.91 to win the 200 fly and move up from 8th to 5th on the rankings with 913 points.

Once finals were done with Chierighini sat 6th on the rankings. Currently tied for 8th is Guilherme Guido (100 BK) and Brandonn Almeida (400 IM) with 900 points, but Almeida has the opportunity to improve his time with the 400 IM still to come at the Maria Lenk. His 400 IM and Thiago Simon‘s 200 breast are the only two remaining swims in the top-8 done at the Brazil Open in November.

Here’s a look at the top-8 after day 3, courtesy of Alex Pussieldi for Best Swimming.

  1. Felipe Lima, 100 Breaststroke, 59.32, 930 points
  2. Gabriel Santos, 100 Freestyle, 48.11, 927 points
  3. Joao Gomes Junior, 100 Breaststroke, 59.41, 926 points
  4. Thiago Simon, 200 Breaststroke, 2:10.78, 915 points
  5. Leonardo De Deus, 200 Butterfly, 1:54.91, 913 points
  6. Marcelo Chierighini, 100 Freestyle, 48.46, 907 points
  7. Henrique Martins, 100 Butterfly, 51.57, 901 points
  8. Guilherme Guido, 100 Backstroke, 53.78, 900 points*
  9. Brandonn Almeida, 400 IM, 4:12.49, 900 points*

The top female ranked swims are from Joanna Maranhao (400 free, 11th) and Manuella Lyrio (200 free, 12th). The CBDA can add swimmers beyond the top-8 FINA ranked at their discretion.

The same system is in place for the Junior World Championships, where the top-8 swimmers based on FINA points are automatically named to the team.

Day 3 saw Lucas Peixoto moved into the #3 position with a 50.02 100 free that scored 825 points. Breno Correia and Matheus Gonche also improved their times in the 100 free and 200 fly. Check out the list below:

  1. Caio Pumputis, 200 Breaststroke, 2:13.95, 852 points
  2. Rafaela Raurich, 200 Freestyle, 1:59.68, 841 points
  3. Lucas Peixoto, 100 Freestyle, 50.02, 825 points
  4. Fernanda Goeiji, 100 Backstroke, 1:02.04, 822 points
  5. Breno Correia, 100 Freestyle, 50.15, 818 points
  6. Matheus Gonche, 200 Butterfly, 1:59.62, 810 points
  7. Maria Luiza Pessanha, 100 Backstroke, 1:02.73, 795 points
  8. Joao Paulo Pacheco, 400 Freestyle, 3:59.11, 780 points


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4 years ago

Where’s Santana

Reply to  Uberfan
4 years ago

Swimming a 49,01 only.. probably out of World..

4 years ago

Why is the headline about a swimmer going 48.4 when another swimmer in the final goes 48.1?

Reply to  Skoorbnagol
4 years ago

Same question the guy goes 48,11 and no headline is about him

Aussie crawl
4 years ago

Looks like they have a decent 4×100 frre relay team and medley relay too.
Does anyone know if Volkers is still coaching in Brazil ?

Reply to  Aussie crawl
4 years ago

Can´t find any news about him being.. also not many news from Minas Club this year on Maria Lenk..
Free relay: Gabriel, Fratus, Chiereghinni and Cielo.. too bad Nicolas and de Lucca opted out this year.. but for next years some guys (Who I hope don´t flop) coming who will go to Jr Worlds.
Medley relay:Guido (Weakest leg right now with 53,7 but he had gone 53 flat already so..) Henrique 51,5 Lima or Joao Gomes 59 low and Gabriel with a 48,1 now..

Reply to  Rafael
4 years ago

Good team, I wuoldn’t surprise by a medal in Budapest (but attention to the russian)

Reply to  Emanuele
4 years ago

Considering the current weakness of the French team the free relay is pretty open, but they always step up.. Australia and US seems a bit ahead (Unless Held and others flop this year without Phelps.. Will Ervin try to swim the 100?), Brazil seem safe, but we don´t know for sure who Russia will take (Top 4 are Morozov, Izotov, Arbuzov and Korolov) but they make pick Lagunov, Lobintsev, Grechin? Who knows?

On medley GBR is far ahead of the rest of world right now, they and US will battle for gold now that Phelps is out, Shields is not so better than Guy and Scott found new speed.. China seems favorite for 3rd place.. but BRA RUS and JPN… Read more »

Reply to  Rafael
4 years ago

They still lack a backstroker even close to Murphy, Adrian is still the best anchor in the world and Shields best flat start is still better than Guy’s best relay split. The only advantage they have over the US is Peaty

Captain Awesome
Reply to  Rafael
4 years ago

I wouldn’t be so quick to rule out China being up there for the win. In general for them it comes down to whether Ning Zetao is put in the worlds squad even though he didn’t swim their trials, and if he does what form is he on. He was a completely different swimmer at Rio compared to Kazan. Also with the current state of the backstroke leg for GB with CWH going backwards I think the US is fairly safe there.

For the 4×100 free I’d still say the Americans are the favourites by a long shot. Phelps might be gone and who knows what Ervin’s 100 will be like, but with Adrian, Dressel and Held as the front… Read more »

Reply to  Aussie crawl
4 years ago

Still at least one second behind every backstroker in every major swimming power. Also their fly isn’t that competitive

Reply to  Uberfan
4 years ago

51,5 is competitive at least for a medley level.. No country with a somewhat good medley relay right now has a sub-51 flat start flyer.. On the back I said that was the weak link..

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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