2016 RIO OLYMPIC GAMES
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Swimming: August 6-13
- Olympic Aquatics Stadium, Barra Olympic Park, Rio de Janeiro
- Prelims – 9:00 a.m/12:00 p.m PST/EST (1:00 p.m local), Finals – 6:00 p.m/9:00 p.m PST/EST (10:00 p.m local)
- SwimSwam previews
- Day 1 Schedule & Results
- Live Stream (NBC)
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.