Guilherme Costa Breaks Brazilian, South American Records in 400 Free


It is a very different vibe at this year’s Brazilian Olympic Trials meet, with no spectators and just 97 athletes competing to hit FINA “A” cuts, but that atmosphere hasn’t deflated the early times from the meet.

22-year old Guilherme Costa broke the first Brazilian Record of the meet in Monday evening’s finals session with a 3:45.85 in the 400 free.

That time clears his own Brazilian and South American Record of 3:46.57 done at the 2019 U.S. Open Championships in Atlanta. It also dips under the FINA “A” Olympic qualifying standard of 3:46.78 and imprints Costa’s place on the Brazilian Olympic Team.

The time ranks him 7th in the world so far this season.

Record Splits Comparison:

Guilherme Costa
2019 U.S. Open
2021 Brazilian Olympic Trials
Former Record New Record
100m 55.34 54.35
200m 57.67 57.51
300m 58.02 57.98
400m 55.54 56.01
Total Time 3:46.57 3:45.85

Costa was much more aggressive in taking out his record-setting swim on Monday than he was in 2019 when he set the old record. The splits suffered on the back-end (he was half-a-second slower over the final 100 meters), but the net time was faster.

In Brazil, a country known more for its male sprinters than its male distance swimmers, Costa owns the 400, 800, and 1500 marks. The 800 and 1500 were set at the same US Open meet in late 2019, which means those records are in danger this week as well. His current long course bests in those races are 7:47.37 in the 800 free and 14:55.49 in the 1500 free – both times well under the Olympic standards.

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4 months ago

Noteworthy, he changed his stroke last year. In the first competition(in December) the results weren’t good. He is now doing fewer strokes per 50 than before.

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