Is Cesar Cielo Changing Coaches Again?

Cesar Cielo, now the elder statesmen of Brazilian sprinting, is headed into uncertain waters with this preparation for Rio. After a disappointing performance at the first Brazilian Olympic qualifier, Cielo’s coach Arilson Silva expressed uncertainty that Cielo will continue training with him in 2016 in an interview with Folha. 

While Silva seems uncertain about his future with Cielo, there is no word on who would possibly step in to train Cielo in the coming months.

Cielo has struggled over the past few years, with his last victory in major competition coming at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona. Since London 2012 the world record holder has tried a diverse set of coaches from around the globe. His first bid was to train with Alberto Silva, one of the top Brazilian coaches.

This was followed by a stint with fellow former Auburn swimmer Scott Goodrich, then troubled Australian coach Scott Volkers. Cielo’s latest move has been to train with the upstart Arilson Silva. Silva trains a small stable of high level swimmers, of which Cielo was the most accomplished when he joined the coach last year.

Silva other most prominent athlete is Joao Gomes Jr, who was sentenced to a six month suspension last year after testing positive for a masking agent.

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4 years ago

Please go back to Goodrich we could use more fast swimmers in Arizona.

4 years ago

“his last victory in major competition coming at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona”

Well he failed a drug test right before that meet. Maybe he should try that approach again.

mr sandals
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4 years ago

Honestly! Who cares what this aging doper does.

Reply to  CJ
4 years ago

He fail before Xangai 2011, check your facts mate

4 years ago

I had the opportunity to meet him when I was 10, and I must say that he is a very humble, nice guy. I wish the best for him and I hope he gets at least a bronze next summer!

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