South America Recap: Host Country Brazil Comes Away Medal-less


  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Swimming: August 6-13
  • Olympic Aquatics Stadium, Barra Olympic Park, Rio de Janeiro
  • Prelims – 9:00 a.m/12:00 p.m PST/EST (1:00 p.m local), Finals – 6:00 p.m/9:00 p.m PST/EST (10:00 p.m local)
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With the close of the swimming portion of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Brazil joins Greece as the only two countries this century who have failed to medal in swimming at their own home Olympics.

They did come close to the podium on a couple of occasions this week, though.

On day two, Joao Gomes Jr. and the Brazilian men’s 4 x 100 free relay of Marcelo Chierighini, Nicolas Nilo, Gabriel Santos, and Joao de Lucca took a fifth place apiece, with the relay finishing in 3:13.21. Gomes finished clocked 59.31 in the men’s 100 breast.

Yesterday saw a sixth-place finish from Bruno Fratus of Brazil in the 50 free with 21.79. Fratus was probably Brazil’s best chance at a medal this week.

Tonight, team Brazil’s top finish came in the men’s 4 x 100 medley relay, where Guilherme GuidoGomes, Henrique Martinsand Chierighini finished sixth in 3:32.84.


No South American national records were set today.


No South Americans medaled at these Games.

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Hannah Hecht grew up in Kansas and spent most of her childhood trying to convince coaches to let her swim backstroke in freestyle sets. She took her passion to Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa and swam at NAIA Nationals all four years. After graduating in 2015, she moved to …

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