Felipe Franca Breaks Brazilian Record in 100 Breast Prelims

2016 RIO OLYMPIC GAMES

Brazilian breaststroker Felipe Franca da Silva (colloquially just Felipe Franca) has broken the Brazilian Record in the men’s 100 meter breaststroke by swimming a 59.01 to qualify 3rd into prelims. That swim broke the old record of 59.03 that had been held by Henrique Barbosa, who did so at the 2009 Maria Lenk Trophy.

Franca is a former World Record holder in the 50 long course meter breaststroke, and is very good in short course, but this is so far his biggest breaststroke in a long course pool. He has never gone under 1 minute at an Olympic Games before, though he did have a very good year in 2015 that included a 59.21 to win gold at the Pan Am Games.

Franca sits 3rd going into the semi-finals, a tenth behind Japan’s Yasuhiro Koseki and half-a-second behind Adam Peaty’s World Record.

Brazil has never won an Olympic medal in a breaststroke event among men or women.

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