Cesar Cielo finished his swimming at the Metropolitano in Belo Horizonte, Brazil with an impressive early-season swim in the short course meters 50 free.
While most of the swimming world is nearing the end of a season with local to national to international championships hitting around the world, Cielo is beginning his journey this weekend toward the Jose Finkel Trophy (Brazil’s short course championships) and he hopes the Short Course World Championships in Doha, Qatar.
After two average swims on Friday, Cielo turned up a notch for Saturday with a 21.27 in the 50 free over a short course meters pool, and scratched his entry in the 100 fly (as he almost always does).
Cielo’s time is the 5th-best in the world in 2014, though most of the best short course meters swimming is yet to come this season.
After the race, he told the Brazilian publication Globo Esporte that he felt he could have been “more aggressive” in his first 25, but that overall it was a good swim. He also said that he wouldn’t decide on whether to race the 100 free at Worlds until after the Jose Finkel Trophy.