Seven More Athletes Secure Spots on the Brazilian Olympic Team


There were seven names added to the Brazilian Olympic team on the final day of competition at the Maria Lenk Trophy.

Bruno Fratus and Italo Duarte came into the competition with the top two times from the Brazil Open where they both swam faster than the Olympic qualifying standard. After the prelims Cesar Cielo put himself in the mix swimming a 21.99 faster than the 22.08 that Duarte recorded at the Brazil Open. In the final Duarte earned his spot back finishing second to Fratus in a time of 21.82.

Cielo finished third in a time of 21.91.

Etiene Medeiros, who tied the Olympic qualifying time at the Brazil Open, secured a spot in the event with her performance on Wednesday evening. Her time of 24.64 was not far off her national record of 24.55 and places her just outside of the world’s top 10.

Although Loranne Cristina beat Graciele Herrmann and was under the qualifying standard Herrmann takes the spot on the team as Cristina was not able to beat her time of 24.92, which she put up at the Brazil Open.

Although Henrique Martins and Marcos Macedo do nothing on Wednesday night to place themselves on the Olympic team their times from the Brazil Open still remain the fastest in the men’s 100 butterfly. In December Martins posted a 52.14 while Macedo recorded a 52.17, both under the FINA A time of 52.36.

With an incredible final 100 meters Brandonn Cruz was almost able to catch Miguel Valente for the win in the men’s 1500 freestyle. More importantly than that Cruz’s final surge maybe what pushed both himself and Valente under the FINA ‘A’ Standard.

Valente won the event in a time of 15:14.40 followed by Cruz who hit the wall in a time of 15:14.58.

Going into the final 100 meters Valente had a lead of 4.71 seconds over Cruz. Cruz came home with a final 100 meters split of 57.63 (29.42/28.21).

The two pushed each other hard enough that they both snuck under the FINA ‘A’ Standard of 15:14.77 qualifying them for the Brazilian Olympic team.

Qualified Brazilians through Maria Lenk Trophy Day 6

  • Brandonn Almeida, 400 IM, 4:14.63
  • Daiene Dias, 100 fly, 58.07
  • Daynara Ferreira, 100 fly, 58.38
  • Luis Melo, 400 free, 3:50.32
  • Joanna Maranhao, 400 IM, 4:38.66
  • Joao Gomes Jr, 100 breast, 59.10
  • Felipe Franca Silva, 100 breast, 59.36
  • Etiene Medeiros, 100 back, 1:00.00
  • Nicolas Oliveira, 200 free, 1:46.97
  • Joao de Lucca, 200 free, 1:46.42
  • Guilherme Guido, 100 back, 53.09
  • Luis Melo, 800 free relay
  • Andre Pereira, 800 free relay
  • Larissa Oliveira, 200 free, 1:57.37
  • Manuella Lyrio, 200 free, 1:58.43
  • Leonardo de Deus, 200 fly, 1:55.54
  • Kaio Almedia, 200 fly, 1:56.21
  • Joanna Maranhao, 200 IM, 2:14.04
  • Marcelo Chierighini, 100 free, 48.20
  • Nicolas Oliveira, 100 free, 48.30
  • Joao De Lucca, 400 free relay
  • Matheus Santana, 400 free relay
  • Tales Cerdeira, 200 breast, 2:10.99
  • Thiago Simon, 200 breast, 2:11.29
  • Larissa Oliveira, 100 free, 54.03
  • Etiene Medeiros, 100 free, 54.26
  • Daynara Ferreira, 400 free relay
  • Manuella Lyrio, 400 free relay
  • Leonardo de Deus, 200 back, 1:57.43
  • Thiago Pereira, 200 IM, 1:57.91
  • Henrique Rodrigues, 200 IM, 1:57.91
  • Bruno Fratus, 50 freestyle, 21.74
  • Italo Duarte, 50 freestyle, 21.82
  • Graciele Herrmann, 50 freestyle, 24.92
  • Henrique Martins, 100 butterfly, 52.14
  • Marcos Macedo, 100 butterfly, 52.17
  • Miguel Valente, 1500 freestyle, 15:14.40
  • Brandonn Cruz, 1500 freestyle, 15:14.58

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