2017 FINA WORLD SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Sunday, July 23rd – Sunday, July 30th
- Budapest, Hungary
- LCM (50m)
- Full Competition Schedule
- Meet Info
- Psych Sheets
- Omega Results
- Pick ’em Contest
- Event-by-Event Previews
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.