Brazilian distance star Guilherme Costa unleashed a personal best short course 800m free in an unofficial time trial at practice yesterday. Costa finished the swim in 7:39.84, blowing away his previous best mark. Costa, a 21-year-old, had a previous best time of 7:45.29, which he swam back at the 2018 Jose Finkel meet. Costa’s time was well under the official South American Record of 7:42.79, held by Miguel Valente from 2016.
If it had been an official time trial, Costa’s time would have ranked him 10th in the world this year. Henrik Christiansen of Norway holds the top spot in the world with the only sub-7:30 performance – 7:29.39. Guilherme posted this video on his instagram page talking about his swim: (note: this video is in Portuguese)
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Hoje fizemos uma tomada de tempo (não oficial) na piscina da AFBNDES nos 800m livre. O tempo foi de 7m39s84, abaixo do recorde sul-americano em piscina curta. Bom ver a evolução dos treinamentos, mesmo em um período em que tivemos que adaptar todo o treinamento. Seguimos em frente atrás dos nossos objetivos! @mtcnatacao @rkf_natacao_rio @lincolnn @marinhaoficial @speedo_msport @naturalfuturebrasil @esportegovbr @timebrasil @cbdaoficial #natacao #naturalfuture #vaiminas #marinhadobrasil #speedo #bolsaatleta
Costa has been a rising star on the international men’s distance stage for the past two years or so. His first major international meet was the 2018 Pan Pacs, where he recorded 4th place finishes in the 800 free, 1500 free, and with Brazil’s 4×200 free relay. At the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Costa had a relatively off meet, finishing 21st in the 800 free, and 25th in the 1500. A few weeks later, however, Costa won his first major international title by taking Gold at the 2019 Pan American Games in the 1500. He also took home titles at the 2019 US Open in the men’s 400 free, 800 free, and 1500 free, breaking the LCM South American Records in all 3 events.