Guilherme Costa Breaks Brazilian, South American Records in 800 Free

Brazilian swimmer Guilherme Costa broke yet another Brazilian and South American Record on Saturday, swimming a 7:56.19 at a small local meet – Il Trofeu Rafael Costa Marques. The time improves his own personal best, and brazilian and South American Records, of 7:56.29 set at the Frofeu FAP de Natacao in November.

That’s at least the 6th South American Record-breaking swim he’s had in the last year as he continues to take Brazilian distance swimming to never-before-seen heights: he’s also the first South American under 15 minutes in the 1500 free.

The 19-year old Costa swam in the 1500 free at last summer’s World Championships, where he finished in 19th place.

He also swam a lifetime best of 52.20 in the 100 free.

The 2018 Maria Lenk Trophy, the country’s primary long course national championship meet, will be held from April 30th-May 5th. That will be the selection meet for the country’s primary meet of the year, the Pan Pac Championships, as well as for the South American Championships and for younger swimmers the Youth Olympic Games.

Splits for the swims were not available as of posting.

Leave a Reply

1 Comment threads
0 Thread replies
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
1 Comment authors
newest oldest most voted

Splits are now available
Old Record:
Troféu FAP, novembro 2017
27.72, 29.42 (57.14)
30.06, 30.04 (1:57.24)
30.31, 30.08 (2:57.63)
30.21, 30.16 (3:58.00)
30.24, 30.36 (4:58.60)
30.26, 30.29 (5:59.15)
30.16, 30.17 (6:59.48)
29.00, 27.81 (7:56.29)

New Record (Unofficial):
Troféu Celebridades FARJ, março 2018
27.3, 29.5 (56.8)
29.8, 29.9 (1.55)
30.1, 30.0 (2:55)
30.3, 30.3 (3:56)
29.3, 29.9 (4:56)
29.8, 29.9 (5:56)
30.2, 30.1 (6:57)
29.71, 29.0 (7:56)

According to his coach, this was more a 1500m free simulation race than a 800 itself.. (1500 was not on that championship). He wants to have this times on the 1500 free race.. that could bring his 14:59 to something like 14:55 or lower if things goes as planned.. as His main Focus in Pan Pacs this year

About Braden Keith

Braden Keith

Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder of He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

Read More »

Want to take your swimfandom to the next level?

Subscribe to SwimSwam Magazine!