Cielo Hits 21.9 50 Free To Close Out Jose Finkel Trophy


  • August 8th-12th, 2017
  • Santos, Sao Paolo, Brazil – UNISANTA hosting
  • 50 LCM pool
  • Live results

The final night of the 2017 Jose Finkel Trophy wrapped up tonight, and Pinheiros walked away with both the men’s and women’s team titles (as well as the overall title).

Their only win on the night came from veteran Cesar Cielo, as he was the lone man to go sub-22 in the 50 free. The three-time world champion clocked in at 21.96, with Italo Duarte (22.36) and Henrique Martins (22.65), both of Minas, taking 2nd and 3rd.

SESI-SP’s Etiene Medeiros, an Olympic finalist in the 50 free, won the women’s race in 25.16, taking out Alessandra Marchioro (25.25) of Unisanta and Graciele Herrmann (25.62) of GNU.

Another close race came in the men’s 200 breast, as the top five men all went 2:16-something (plus two more in the B-final). Raphael Rodrigues pulled away from the pack on the third 50 with a 35.06 split, but it was Felipe Franca’s final 50 of 35.00 that got the win. Franca touched in 2:16.07, with Thiago Simon (2:16.29) and Andreas Mickosz (2:16.37) 2nd and 3rd. Rodrigues fell to 4th in 2:16.47, and Arthur Pedroso also got under 2:17 in 2:16.89.

The meet wrapped up with the 400 medley relays, and Unisanta won the women’s race decisively in a time of 4:07.58. They got elite splits from Julia Sebastian (1:09.13), Daiene Dias (59.35) and Joanna Maranhao (55.29) on breast, fly and free. Pinheiros took 2nd, exactly five seconds back, with the top backstroke split from Natalia De Luccas (1:03.39).

The men’s race was much closer, as it came down to the wire between Minas, Pinheiros and Unisanta. In the end it was Minas holding on, aided by the fastest breast and fly splits from Felipe Lima (59.98) and Martins (52.33). Pedro Spajari unleashed a massive 48.18 anchor for Pinheiros, but it wasn’t enough to catch Minas, who touched in 3:36.89 to Pinheiros’ 3:37.35. Unisanta hung around the whole race and ultimately took 3rd in 3:37.89.


  • Julia Sebastian of Unisanta won the women’s 200 breast in 2:27.04, followed by Pinheiros’ Pamela Souza (2:28.77).
  • Joanna Maranhao won her fourth individual event in the women’s 800 free in a time of 8:37.05. Poliana Okimoto (8:46.67) made it a 1-2 finish for Unisanta.
  • After a 400 IM win last night, Brandonn Almeida came back with a win in the men’s 1500 in 15:22.73. Even with Miguel Valente and Matheus Ferreira for most of the race, he pulled away around the 1200m mark and never looked back. Valente (15:27.01) and Ferreira (15:28.44) did take 2nd and 3rd.



  1. Pinheiros, 2469.5
  2. Minas, 1921.50
  3. Unisatna, 1751.00


  1. Pinheiros, 1065.5
  2. Minas, 968.00
  3. Corinthians, 503.0


  1. Pinheiros, 954.0
  2. Unisanta, 789.0
  3. Minas, 513.5

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6 years ago

I hope he isn’t doping again.

6 years ago

Old man still has it!

6 years ago


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6 years ago

Also Cielo might be coming soon to his old level at least on 50 which would benefit Brazilian swimming as a whole.

Reply to  Rafael
6 years ago

Dont think Cielo will hit 21.3 level of Barcelona

Reply to  Pvdh
6 years ago

Would be a huge surprise if he did.But his start today was like his top ones in 2000’s Era.He was ahead of Dos Santos at 15m, and that was impressive.Much better than his Worlds.He only blasted sub22 because of his start.

6 years ago

Good for Cesar! Well done

6 years ago

Spajari might be coming back after a good 2015 he said he was not 100% as his focus is world University games

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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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