Three weeks separate us from the start of the swimming portion of the Olympic Games, and Brazilian sprint stars Bruno Fratus and Marcelo Chierighini put on a clinic in practice at Auburn’s James E. Martin Aquatic Center today.
Thanks to Auburn assistant coach Ozzie Quevedo, who filmed Fratus’ and Chierighini’s impressive swims and posted them to his Twitter account. According to Quevedo’s tweets, Fratus sprinted his way to the way in 21.8 seconds for a 50 free, while Chierighini clocked a 48.8 in a 100 free.
— Ozzie Quevedo (@OzzieQuevedo) July 16, 2016
— Ozzie Quevedo (@OzzieQuevedo) July 17, 2016
Fratus and Chierighini are two leaders of a deep Brazilian sprint group that will be gunning for individual and relay medals at their home Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
To put their practice swims done today into context, Fratus’ swim would rank just outside of the world’s top 10 for this season. He owns the #1 time in the world this season with a 21.37 from the Brazil Open in December of 2015. Chierighini, meanwhile, would’ve been a few tenths away from cracking the top 25 in the world this season in the 100 free. He holds the #12 time of 48.20, however, which was swum at the 2016 Maria Lenk Trophy in April.
It’s unclear from the video if a scoreboard and touch pads were used to determine the sprinters’ times, but it looks as though the Auburn coaches were going off of their stop watches. While that leaves something to be desired in terms of precision of their times, those are some pretty impressive sprints for an in-practice time trial three weeks out from the Olympics.