The 2nd edition of the wildly popular Fast Lane meet in Brazil has been set for September 29th, 2013 at the Julio Delamare Aquatic Park in Rio de Janeiro.
This meet will once again pit four swimmers from the USA, Australia, France, and Brazil together, according to Brazil’s Blog do Coach, in battles of the 50 back, 50 breast, 50 fly, 50 free, and a 200 meter medley relay.
The format will be tweaked a little this year. In the individual races, which feature one swimmer from each country, there will be a bracket format. The slowest swimmer will be eliminated in round 1, then the same in round 2, until round 3 has a head-to-head shootout for the final.
The announcement of the teams for this made-for-tv event, run by Brazil’s Globo who will broadcast the event, will be announced in the next few days.
In 2012, the American group of Adam Mania, Mike Alexandrov, Eugene Godsoe, and Josh Schneider topped an Australian group of Daniel Arnamnart, Matthew Abood, Matt Targett, and James Magnussen in the final. The format last year had more of a team-versus-team approach, where the opening round was a head-to-head battle between pairs of teams, with the winners advancing to a 5-swim, head-to-head final.