Henrique Martins Moves To #2 In The World With 22.7 50 Fly In Brazil

2017 Brazilian World Championship team members Henrique Martins and Felipe Lima competed in a tuneup meet for Budapest over the weekend, with both posting impressive times. The MG Super Cup meet was contested in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Martins’ performance in the 50 fly was the highlight, as he clocked a time of 22.70 to improve his personal best and move into #2 in the world behind countryman Nicholas Santos. Martins previous best of 22.98 was done head-to-head with Santos at the Maria Lenk Trophy in May, and had him ranked 3rd in the world. He leapfrogs Great Britain’s Ben Proud for the #2 spot.

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Lima’s best showing came in the 50 breast, where he came in at 27.04 to just miss his personal best of 27.00, also done at the Maria Lenk Trophy. That swim has him 6th in the world this year. Lima has now been 27.0 three times in the last few months, as he’s just coming off competing on the Mare Nostrum tour where he clocked 27.05 in Monaco.

In the shootout style event, Lima made it all the way to the two person final, going head-to-head with former world record holder Cameron van der Burgh, before getting touched out 26.99 to 27.16.

Martins, a 2016 Olympian in the 100 fly, also swam that event in a time of 52.04. Lima swam the 100 breast in 1:00.63, improving his showing from the Mare Nostrum tour.

After the Maria Lenk Trophy, Lima was the first Brazilian named to the Worlds team as the top FINA point scorer among Olympic events in the men’s 100 breast (59.32). Martins was the 7th highest scorer in the 100 fly (51.57), and was also named to the team. With their performance in the 50s, both men will no doubt be entered in those events as well in Budapest.

Full results from the meet are available here, courtesy of Best Swimming.

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The 50 fly is shaping up to be great in Budapest, Santos, Govorov, Martins, Proud, Dressel, that 5 people potentially under 23!


I would be surprised if Santos does not win.. It will be his only event and he said he wants the WR of that..


I like Govorov – Being Ukrainian, he won’t taper before worlds. He’ll drop a big chunk.


Brazil, fantastic at 50s horrible at 100s


Gabriel santos went 48,11 at 100 free.. horrible? And Martins went 51,5 on 100.. but I would not be surprised if he drops onto a 51 flat..


Didn’t santos almost break into 47? And they have some 48 mid wimmers.


While On back Brazil is subpar (53 mid high), I would not use horrible for 48 100 free, 51,5 100 fly and 59 low 100 breast…


I think it’s more a depth thing: Brazil do get worse as distance increases, that is a clear trend in pretty much every stroke, isn’t it?


Well.. not that Pereira is out.. thing got a little worse.. He was World class on Both IMs.. now let´s see what Brandonn can do… he need to improve to sub 4:10 soon if he wants to have hopes for Tokyo (Or do a Heintz/Verrazsto like drop) and for the first time Brazil might have a sub 15 1500 freestyler (Guilherme has 18 and went 15:05 this year).. So the big problem might be on the 200s.


Your comment makes no sense, 50 and 100 are two completely different races… get over the 90s would you??

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James Sutherland

James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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