South America: Fratus Earns Silver, Grand’Pierre Breaks Two Records

2017 FINA WORLD SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Bruno Fratus took home the silver medal in the men’s 50 free, keeping Brazil’s 50-meter prowess alive and nabbing the nation’s fifth medal of the 2017 World Championships.

Brazil has taken one gold and four silvers, with four of those five medals coming in 50-meter races. One silver was from the men’s 4×100 free relay; the others are from the women’s 50 back (Medeiros, gold), men’s 50 free (Fratus, silver), men’s 50 breast (Gomes, Jr, silver) and men’s 50 fly (Santos, silver).

In fact, Brazil could have won a medal in all four 50-meter races on the men’s side, but Guilherme Guido finished 12th in the 50 back semifinals tonight, missing the final. As it is, though, Brazil will “hit for the cycle” to borrow a baseball term, winning medals in every stroke, all at 50 meters in distance.

The other big story of day 7 was Naomy Grand’Pierre, who broke a pair of Haitian records. Grand’Pierre, the first Olympic swimmer ever from Haiti in 2016, continued to break barriers at the international level, erasing 50 free and 50 breaststroke national records in a morning double.

SOUTH AMERICAN-ONLY MEDALS TABLE

RANK NATION GOLD SILVER BRONZE TOTAL
1 Brazil 1 4 0 5
Total 1 4 0 5

SOUTH AMERICAN RECORDS – DAY 5

  • Uruguayan record – Ines Remersaro – women’s 50 free – 26.59
  • Haitian record – Naomy Grand’Pierre – women’s 50 free – 28.06
  • Haitian record – Naomy Grand’Pierre – women’s 50 breast – 35.85
  • Paraguayan record – Charles Hockin – men’s 50 back – 25.56
  • Salvadorian record – Marcelo Acosta – men’s 1500 free – 15:04.79
  • Aruban record – Schreuders/Groters/Ponson/van den Berg – mixed 4×100 free relay – 3:43.94

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Fratus will be prelims swimmer of the medley he and Lima on prelims joao and Marcelo até night

nikki Pierre

Thank you Naomy GrandPierre for representing Haiti so well! we appreciate your dedication and competence!

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