South America Recap: Brazil Could Go Without Medals at Home Games


The only host team this century that has missed the podium altogether in the pool has been Greece. In 2004, no Greek swimmers or relay teams earned medals.

This year, Brazil may join Greece as a host nation without medals in the pool.

Tonight, Thiago Pereira put himself in a great position to make the 200 IM podium tonight, though he faded big to end up 7th at the finish. It was an inspirational swim nonetheless– Pereira had the home crowd absolutely booming for almost the entire race, and it might be enough to motivate some of their final swimmers to make a push for the podium.

Sprinter Bruno Fratus is one such swimmer. Fratus, who was in early speculations for possible podium finishers in the 50 free, swam a 21.71 in the semifinals to qualify in a tie for 6th for the final. Fratus is going to have to put forth a big swim tomorrow night to medal, but he is certainly capable of the 21.3 or so that it could take to medal.

The Brazilians could still compete for medals in the medley relays, though their men have a substantially stronger shot at a medal in that relay. Additionally, Etiene Medeiros has an outside shot at a medal in the 50 free.


  • Renzo Tjon-a-Joe – Suriname – 50 free
  • Valerie Gruest Slowing – Guatemala – 800 free
  • Luis Martinez – Guatemala – 100 fly
  • Hannibal Gaskin – Guyana – 100 fly


No South Americans have medaled at these Games, yet.

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Steve Nolan
4 years ago

I hope they get one, the pool will explode.

I’m kinda serious, they started stomping their feet in concert at today’s prelims for Brazilians, felt like the whole place might come down.

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Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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