Brazil’s Poliana Okimoto focused on open water racing at the FINA World Championships two weeks ago. She was wildly successful there, winning the World Championship in the 10km race (the premier open water event), taking silver in the 5km race, and bronze in the 5km team pursuit race.
But the diminutive Okimoto took advantage of the Jose Finkel Trophy, a post-Worlds long course meet, to test her pool training and with great success.
Though roughly 50 seconds slower than the time with which Katie Ledecky won the world title in Barcelona, Okimoto won the 1500 free at the Jose Finkel Trophy in 16:26.90.
That broke the old National Record of 16:32.18 set by Nayara Ledoux Ribiero back in 2001. Brazil is not well-known for their distance swimmers in the pool on either the men’s or women’s side.
That was the most noteworthy individual swim of the day, though there was some impressive relay splits. Ricardo Machado Oliveira split a 21.14 in the 50 meter free on Corinthians’ 200 free relay (though they finished only 5th as a group). Marcelo Chierighini split 22.69 on a lead-off on Pinheiros’ lead-off relay, and a pair of 22-very-lows from Minas took the day.
In the women’s relay, Graciele Hermann split a 24.41 anchor for GNU as they took 3rd.
Among other winners on the day were:
- Leonardo De Deus in the men’s 100 backstroke in 55.29
- Natalia de Luccas, his teammate, in the women’s 100 back in 1:02.46
- Nicolas Oliveira won the men’s 200 freestyle in 1:48.40
- His Minas teammate Manuella Lyrio won the women’s 200 free in 2:01.32