Jhennifer Conceicao Files Police Report After Podium Altercation at Brazilian Champs


Brazilian media is reporting that Jhennifer Conceicao‘s family has filed a Bodily Injury Report at the Boa Viagem Police Station after allegedly being attacked from behind by Pinheiros club teammate Ana Carolina Vieria near the podium for the women’s 100-meter breaststroke at the 2023 Brazilian Championships on Tuesday.

Conceicao won the 100 breast in 1:08.10, celebrating by a putting a finger to her mouth to silence the naysayers, while Vieria placed third in 1:08.53. As reported by SwimSwam on Thursday, Conceicao and Vieria have reportedly had their disagreements in the past, and train under different coaches despite both being members of Pinheiros.

According to ge.globo, Vieria wanted to leave the post-race celebration, which included commemorating Pinheiros’ podium sweep with a video for social media, because she still had to contest the 400 freestyle relay. After she was called back to the group and words were exchanged, Vieria reportedly waited for Conceicao to turn around, pulled the 100 breast champion’s hair, pushed her, and slammed her face into the railing. Conceicao was also left with a bump on her neck from Vieria’s scratches.

Brazilian Confederation of Water Sports (CBDA) opted to let them finish the Brazilian Championship meet without immediate repercussions since it was their first incident, but the organization referred the case to the Superior Court of Sports Justice (STJD) for further examination.

If Vieria were to be suspended for her role in the physical altercation earlier this week, it would deal a blow to Brazil’s hopes of qualifying its 4×100 freestyle relay for the 2023 World Championships next month in Fukuoka, Japan. Vieria is the second-fastest Brazilian in the 100 free this year after earning a runner-up finish at the Brazilian Championships in 54.77, right behind Stephanie Balduccini (54.61). At last year’s World Championships, Vieria led off Brazil’s 4×100 free relay with a 54.78 split, helping the quartet place 6th in the final.

The potential absence of Vieria would mean that Giovana Reis Medeiros (55.71) would be next up to fill on the relay, likely adding about a second to Brazil’s time. With Vieria eligible, Brazil’s hypothetical 400 free relay team would include Balduccini (54.61), Vieria (54.77), Celine Souza Bispo (55.49), and Giovanna Tomanik Diamond (55.60).

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3 months ago

Sounds like someone needs an anger management class.

3 months ago

Sigh, swimmers can’t even scuffle properly. In other major sports athletes know the rules of engagement. Attacking her when her back is turned? Really? This is why the other sports laugh at us.

3 months ago

A female equivalent of Sun Yang

Stanley Clark
3 months ago

There was a Draymond Green sighting at the Brazilian championships

3 months ago

Needs to be suspended or whatever the appropriate term is. That’s far more brutal than a slap.

The Original Tim
3 months ago

Huh, no immediate repercussions for assault because it’s the first incident? That’s…an interesting policy…

3 months ago

Crap has hit the fan

Pesci Details
3 months ago

Maybe it’s about time that international swimming raise its profile with more on deck fisticuffs, tangles and hay-makers, you know, like hockey, or WWE?

Pesci Details
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3 months ago

This was a joke btw, if not clear.

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3 months ago

PERHAPS some jokes are better left off of social media??

Pesci Details
3 months ago

Lol, thought it was pretty light-hearted but ok.

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