Brazilian superstar Cesar Cielo had a productive weekend at the Minas Tennis Club in Belo Horizonte putting up three times that rank in the world’s top ten.
On the final day of the Troféu Metropolitano Cielo recorded the world’s fastest 50 freestyle time of the year, winning the event in a time of 21.74. He takes over the top spot in the world rankings from Australian James Magnussen who posted a 21.88 at the BHP Billiton Super Series.
Cielo’s previous season’s best had been a 22.15, which he recorded at the Orlando Grand Prix in February.
Even though he saved his best for the last day of the competition, Cielo’s performances on Friday were quite impressive as well. He won the 50 butterfly in a time of 23.44 putting him second in the world rankings, the only person to have swum faster is Yauhen Tsurkin of Belarus who posted a 23.11 in January.
He also won the 100 freestyle, an event that he did not compete in throughout the 2013 season, in a time of 49.11. He just edged out his fellow countryman Matheus Santana out of the world rankings as Santana had been holding down the tenth place position with a time of 49.13.