Though all eyes were on the winning Brazilian team of Bruno Fratus, Joao Gomes, Henrique de Souza, and Henrique Rodrigues in the main competition at the Raia Rápida in Rio’s Olympic Aquatic Center, four-time Olympian Gustavo Borges was the star of the masters competition.
Borges broke 25 in the 50m free for 24.91, rocketing to the top of the 40-44 Brazilian masters rankings. He unseated Rafael de Aquino‘s 24.94 from back in May.
The 24.91 is fast for his age group, but not quite fast enough to crack the all-time world Masters rankings. The top ten 40-44 male masters swimmers in the event are listed below.
|[40-44]50m Freestyle Men Long Course|
It’s also worth noting that just because a swim shows up as the top in the masters rankings doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s the fastest swim in history for that age group. For example, though Dara Torres swam an American record 24.07 in Beijing at the age of 44, the Masters World Record is a 26.44 held by Edith Ottermann of South Africa.
Borges represented Brazil in the 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004 Summer Olympics. In 1992, he edged ahead of Matt Biondi for the silver in the 100m free. In 1996 he became the first Brazilian to win three Olympic medals with a silver in the 200 free, bronze in the 100m free, both South American records. Then in 2000, he won Olympic bronze as a member of the 4×100 free relay team. He has won the second-most Olympic medals of any Brazilian athlete.