After having a year where he broke Cesar Cielo‘s Brazilian national age group record for 16 year olds in the 50 freestyle Matheus Santana was looking forward to some great performances against top competitors such as American Caeleb Dressel, Australian Luke Percy and Russian Evgeny Sedov at the World Junior Championships in Dubai, but he never got the chance.
Due to a complication with his diabetes it was decided that the 17 year old was not fit to compete at the meet.
Fast forward to this year where Santana appears to be fully recovered and put up some strong performances over the weekend at the Youth School Games in Belem. As reported by Alex Pussieldi of Blog do Coach, Santana swam a 50.42 to win the event, which is just off his lifetime best.
As a 16 year old Santana swam 23.18 in prelims and a 23.01 in the finals at Trofeu Chico Piscina 2012. Both times were under Cesar Cielo’s previous record of 23.29.