D’Artagnan Dias contributed to this report.
Jose Finkel Trophy, day 4 finals:
In the men’s 200 fly final, Leonardo De Deus (Corinthians) won in 1:53.12, a hundreth slower than this morning. Lucas Salatta (Unisanta) took second with a 1:53.75 and Frederico Castro (Botafogo) got third in 1:56.06. All three opened their races slower than in the preliminaries, with De Deus pulling ahead of the field in 55.57 at the 100-turn. Salatta reeled him in over the back half, closing with a 28.21 last 50 to De Deus’s 28.64, but it wasn’t enough. With second place, though, Salatta makes his return to the Brazilian team six years after representing the country at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
In the women’s 200 fly, Daiene Dias (Botafogo) coupled a gigantic front-half with a big-time dropoff at the end. At the 50, she led by a second, at the 100 by two seconds, and maintained that two second gap through the 150. But she fell off in the final lap, dropping all the way to 5th over the final 10 meters. Youth Olympic Games silver medalist (in the mixed free relay) Giovanna Diamante (SESI) was the first to go by, and won her first national title in a personal-best 2:11.11. Manuella Lyrio (Fiat/Minas) was second in 2:11.59, with Yana Medeiros (Corinthians) finishing in 2:12.46 for third place.
Felipe Franca was all alone in front of the 100 breast, building a full second lead over the first 50 alone. He turned at 26.36, with Joao Luiz Gomes Junior (27.49) running second. Franca easily won in 56.34, just a tick slower than his continental record from the prelims. World Champs bronze medalist Felipe Lima closed hard to take silver in 58.04, and Gomes Junior dropped to third in 58.36. The 100 breast was the first event with three men making the World champs cut, and it’ll be Franca and Lima getting the country’s two event entries.
The women’s 100 breast went much the same way. Moniek Nijhuis (Fiat/Minas) opened a second and a half lead from the field in the first 50, and was never really challenged, going a personal textile best of 1:04.91, not far from her Netherlands record of 1:04.56, set in the now-banned bodysuit. Ana Carla Carvalho (Pinheiros) got second in 1:07.14 with 200breast winner Julia Sebastian(Unisanta) third with a 1:07.24.
In the men’s 50 back, Pinheiros swept the podium with Guilherme Guido leading the way. Guido pulled away from the field after the turn to win in 23:46. Teammate Fabio Santi got second in 24.03 and another teammate, Daniel Orzechowski, coming off of two surgeries this year, took third with a 24:05.
The women’s 50 back was another episode of the Etiene Medeiros show. Pulling ahead after a world-class breakout, Medeiros further lengthened her lead on the turn to improve her South American record from prelims with a 26.41. Second was Natalia De Luccas (Corinthians) in 27.97 with Andrea Berrino in third with a 28.22. It was Medeiros’s third win (in four events) and her fourth world champs cut of the meet so far.
In the men’s 800 free, Miguel Leite Valente (Fiat/Minas) opened a wide margin by 200 meters and never looked back to blast a new Championship Record of 7:44.84, best time of the year in short course meters. The silver (Brandonn Almeida from Corinthians with 7:49.94) and bronze (Minas Lucas Kanieski in 7:51.40) finishers came from morning heats.
Full results here.
Brazilian federation’s recap (in Portuguese) here.