Rising sprinter Felipe Ribeiro shines on day 2 of Brazil Winter Champs

The second day of Brazil’s Winter Junior and Senior Champs saw perhaps the next in the long line of elite Brazilian sprinters nab the headlines.

17-year-old Felipe Ribeiro, who currently trains with Junior World Record-holder Matheus Santana at Unisanta, won the 200 free and put up a big 100 free split on the closing relay.

Ribeiro blasted to a win in the Junior I 200 free, going 1:50.62 and shattering an 11-year-old meet record by nearly a full second.

But he saved his best swim for last, closing the night as the anchor of Unisanta’s 4×100 free relay. Trailing Corinthians, Ribeiro popped off a 49.10 to nearly bring his team back for the win. Unisanta ultimately took second by .01, with Corinthians hanging on for the win in 3:29.82.

Five more meet records went down on night 2 of the meet, which features all age groups swimming together in prelims, then breaks them up into two junior categories and a senior class for finals.

In the men’s Junior II 200 free, Luiz Altamir broke the meet record with a 1:50.17, atoning for a rough Maria Lenk meet, where he was sick during competition.

Meet records went down in all three men’s 200 free races, as Joao Veras went 1:49.74 to break the meet mark.

In an event with just two entrants, Joanna Marahao broke the meet record in the senior 400 IM, making up for the race’s questionable depth with a great top-end effort of 4:52.81, a good 7 seconds under the old record.

In the men’s IM, Brandonn Almeida won the Junior II class, going 4:25.13 to hack five seconds off the old meet record.

And in the Junior II 4×100 free relay on the men’s side, Pinheiros took down the meet mark, going 3:23.30. That was led by Pedro Spajari‘s 50.15 anchor leg.

Full results

Team scores, per BestSwimming.br.

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5 years ago

Just putting in context for everyone reading this news:
When Ribeiro jumped in the pool, Corinthians was 2.72 seconds ahead of Unisanta. He let them just 0.01s behind.

5 years ago

It sounds like young Felipe is reaching the senior international level just in time! Maybe he’ll be able to swim on the 4×200 relay for Brazil?

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5 years ago

Hard to tell, his best 200 is 1:50.2, not so far behind Brazil fourth slot now(1:49.17).
His 100 closing relay was impressive.He was clearly mad to lose by 0.01.Most of Junior1 swimmers(16-17 years-old in Brazil) swim between 51high to 52.It is a huge boost have one swimming in 49low.He is just 0.03 shy of 17years-old best ever in South America(Matheus Santana 49.13 from 2013)

5 years ago

A fast sprinter in Brazil?! Next you’ll tell me there’s a doper in Russia.

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