Nicholas Santos Rocks World-Leading 23.01 50 Fly in Pinheiros Meet

In preparation for the upcoming Maria Lenk trophy, a handful of Brazilian stars jumped in for a tune up at a Pinheiros time trials meet last week. Butterfly standout Nicholas Santos had an explosive performance in the 50 fly, rocketing to the fastest time in the world this year with his 23.01. That’s just 2 tenths shy of his lifetime best in the event, which stands as a 22.81 from the 2013 World Championships.

Also among the stars swimming in the meet was veteran sprinter Cesar Cielo, the World Record holder in the 50 and 100 freestyles. Cielo, the most successful Brazilian swimmer in history, is seeking redemption this season after missing out on a chance to represent Brazil at the Rio Olympics.

Cielo made a big drop from his former season best time, turning in a 22.04 to tie for 14th in the world this year with the Netherlands’ Thom Boer. That makes him the 2nd fastest Brazilian this year, as he’s just .02 shy of Bruno Fratus’ 12th-ranked 22.02.

Other Notable Results:

  • Felipe Franca was the fastest man in the 50 breast, putting up a 27.35 to become the 11th fastest performer in the world this year.
  • Joao Gomes and Pedro Cardona tied in the 100 breast, as both hit the wall in 1:01.83 ahead of Franca (1:02.09).
  • South American Record holder Manuella Lyrio won 3 races at the meet: the 100 free (55.35), 200 free (2:00.45), and 400 free (4:19.87).
  • Pamela Alencar Souza became the 3rd Brazilian woman to break 2:30 in the 200 breast. Her 2:29.73 is the fastest time done by a Brazilian in the post-supersuit era.
  • Full results of the meet can be found here.

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Brazilian swimmers (men and women) are great in strokes 50s.
Pity they are not Olympics events.


Hopefully by Tokyo


Hopefully not!


Seriously, does all of Brazil practice USRPT?




Does he swim the 100 fly as well? I would like to compare his 50 meters time with his 100!

His best time looks to be a 52.31 from December of 2015… But with a 23.01 in April, you’d think a 51 should be coming along sooner or later.


His pr is 22.78 from a long time ago and he’s 37 now, don’t expect a 51 from him if he hasn’t ever gone it before


The great about his time is the fact he is 37 years-old.

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