Medeiros Wins Brazil’s First Women’s World Title, Breaks SA Record


Etiene Medeiros became the first female long course world champion for the nation of Brazil while also breaking the South American record in the 50 backstroke.

She had previously broken the continental mark in semifinals, going 27.18. Her old record was 27.26 from the 2015 World Championships, where she took silver. In the Budapest final, though, Medeiros went 27.14, taking another four one-hundredths off the record and winning Brazil’s first long course World Championships gold medal on the women’s side.

For a nation with a proud swimming tradition on the men’s side, Medeiros is helping the women’s program step forward to similar levels.

Her swim also represents another Brazilian tradition: dominance in the purest sprint events. So far, three of Brazil’s four medals come from the non-Olympic 50-meter stroke events: Medeiros’ gold and silvers from Joao Gomes (50 breast) and Nicholas Santos (50 fly). The nation’s other medal is another silver from the 4×100 free relay.

Brazil currently owns 17 of 22 long course South American records on the women’s side, including three individual for Medeiros: the 50 back, 100 back and 50 free.

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Soon 3 more SA records might become brazilian.
Gui Costa has the 1500 SA record with 15:02, 800 record by Naidich is 7:57:60, Gui had a 7:59:52 pass on the 800 Mark, as he wants to break 15 minutes in Budapeste probably the 800 record will go down too.
Joana Maranhao have a shot on 400 IM and Pamela Sander on 200 breast, only Kobrich/Pinto records would stand on women side (400/800/1500), Pinzon 1:56:40 200 back until BR finds a good 200 back and Subirates 50,65 100 fly which is tough.

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