Race Video: Brazilian Cranks Out 4×200 World Record In Hangzhou


  • Tuesday, December 11th – Sunday, December 16th
  • Hangzhou, China
  • Tennis Centre, Hangzhou Olympic & International Expo Center
  • Live Results (Omega)

In a somewhat surprising turn of events at the end of night 4 in Hangzhou, the Brazilian men’s 4x200m freestyle relay team upset Russia, China and the United States to take gold at the Short Course World Championships while establishing a shiny new World Record to boot.

The foursome of Luiz Melo, Fernando Scheffer, Leonardo Santos and Breno Correia same lights out to produce a winning effort of 6:46.81, crushing the previous World Record mark of 6:49.04 set by Russia back in 2010.

Splits for the Brazilians included a 1:42.03 stunner from Melo to kick things off in best-time fashion. Although America’s Blake Pieroni caught Melo at the end of the first leg with his strong 1:41.85 opener, Melo set the stage for Brazil that they were in it to win it, registering a time that would have won bronze in the individual 200m free event.

Scheffer kept pace with a tremendous 1:40.99, representing one of only two swimmers of the entire field to go under 1:41. Santos punched the wall with a 1:42.81 split, while the Brazilian anchor Correia scored 1:40.98, a time that was needed to ultimately beat the charging Russians by just .03.

See how the entire race unfolded below, courtesy of Yes Swim.

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E Gamble
4 years ago

You’ll know we were missing Townley Hass. He’s a must in an 800 free relay for team USA. Nice win Brazil. 💪

Reply to  E Gamble
4 years ago

Even with Townley , Usa would have had trouble to even be second on this relay .They would have needed a solid /fast Conger + Held in a better shape . In Long course , thats another story altogether . 2019 will be a real challenge to put the best relay to compete with the Brits and Russians & Brazilians and win it . But i beleive they can do it .

4 years ago

That was probably the overall strongest race till now 3 team under wr and the US was right on wr time with Townley 4 team under wr probably unheard without suits

Reply to  Rafael
4 years ago

True story. Can’t remember to have seen a race in which 3 teams – out of 8 – had swam below WR. Amazing.

4 years ago

Nobody was expecting that! Amazing performance!

4 years ago

Held totally missed his wall at the 100 killed his momentum. probably could have been a few tenths faster if he hit it.

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