Olympic Pool Official Test Event: “Maria Lenk” Startlist Released

The upcoming annual Maria Lenk Trophy meet will serve as the official test meet for the 2016 Olympic Games. The meet will run from April 15-April 20 2016, at the 2016 Olympic Aquatic Stadium in Rio. This year, the meet will be open to foreigners and is set to have a lot of foreign media coverage.

Find the official start list here.

Stroke Translations (Portuguese – English):

  • Borboleta – Butterfly
  • Livre – Freestyle
  • Peito – Breaststroke
  • Costas – Backstroke
  • Medley – IM

For the Brazilians, this meet counts as a qualification event to make the Brazil Olympic team. With the release of the start list we see that Thiago Pereira is not entered in the 400 IM, an event that he has won at this meet for the past 13 years. He was also runner up in this event at the 2012 Olympics in London, so it’s a shock that he is not entered in this event. For this meet, Pereira is entered in the 100 and 200 free, 100 butterfly, 200 breast and 200 IM. From the start list we also see that Cesar Cielo will be competing in the 100 free, giving himself another shot at the olympic team, 2 days before the 50 free, which he will swim on the final day of competition.

55 swimmers from 11 different countries (Argentina, Canada, China, Slovakia, Finland, Japan, Paraguay, Czech Republic, Ukraine and Uruguay) will join the Brazilians at the Maria Lenk Trophy.

International swimmers to look out for this meet include Santo Condorelli, who won silver at the 2015 Pan American games and placed 4th at the 2015 World Championships in the 100 free. This meet, the Canadian based swimmer; Condorelli, will compete in the 50 and 100 free, as well as the 100 butterfly. Another sprinter will be in attendance, Finnish national record holder Ari Pekka Liukonen, who will compete in the 50 and 100 freestyle.

Here is a link to some photos of the venue a few days before competition (courtesy Best Swimming).

The full schedule (in Portuguese) is linked here (courtesy Best Swimming).

M 400 IM W 100 Back W 200 Free M 100 Free W 100 Free M 50 Free
W 100 Fly M 200 Free M 200 Fly W 200 Fly M 200 Back W 50 Free
M 400 Free W 100 Breast W 200 IM M 200 Breast W 200 Breast M 100 Fly
W 400 IM M 100 Back M 200 IM W 200 Back
M 100 Breast W 400 Free M 1500 Free
W 800 Free


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8 years ago

Ddias he is probably betting on it
Guido went 53,40 with a full beard he can go 52 now . Martins might go 51 and franca sub 59. Difficult but not impossible. Pereira would want at least a prelim swim.

bobo gigi
8 years ago

Pereira feels he’s too old to swim the 400 IM at olympic games?

Nobody talks about him for the 200 IM podium. Everybody picks Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Kosuke Hagino.
If one guy can remove one of the 3 big names from the medals, that’s Pereira. I presume that’s his last season like Cielo and I can’t imagine both veterans will not peak at home for their last olympic games.

Reply to  bobo gigi
8 years ago

I thought Pereira thinks Brazil has some outside chance in medley relay, because he is swimming 100 fly, the weakest stroke right now for Brazil.

bobo gigi
8 years ago

Bad Anon, there are many 49-meter pools in the world right now. 🙂

Bad anon
8 years ago

Pools are never fast, it’s the swimmers who swim fast. The illusion of Olympic pools being fast is that swimmers are peaked and tapered for those meets, period!

Jacques Swim
Reply to  Bad anon
8 years ago

You obviously have never been to my local pool.

Reply to  Bad anon
8 years ago

While there is no question that fast swimmers can make a bad look appear fast some pools are better designed than others for maximizing fast times.

8 years ago

DDias, how is Cielo’s fitness and health? 100pct? Do you think he can qualify?

The pool is ready? Fast pool?

Reply to  Hank
8 years ago

the pool is READY.Omega blocks installed, new electronic board, 3 meters deep.

About Cielo:
A week ago, he made 22.28 in 50 free.If that time was totally without rest, it was a huge time.Cielo reacts very well to a bit of rest.But looking at his recent pictures, he looks like without much muscle mass.In 50 free, one slot is for Fratus.If Cielo does at least 21.70, I thought will be hard to anyone beat him.Personally, I am hoping for him to earn a spot in 4x100free.He has a mythical effect around his peers, with him closing, the medal chances rises a lot.

8 years ago

Great races:
Men’s 50 and 100free; 100breast.

Deserves watching albeit weak(for international standards):
Women’s 200free.

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