Teammates Get Into Altercation After Podium Celebration At Brazilian Championships


Things got heated during Day 1 finals at the 2023 Brazilian Championships, as Pineheiros teammates Jhennifer Conceicao and Ana Carolina Vieira got into a physical altercation after the podium celebration for the women’s 100 breaststroke.

Vieira slapped Conceicao in the face, according to Brazilian outlet uol, before the two grabbed each other and Vieira began to “rub” Conceicao’s face on a railing.

After Pinheiros had swept the podium in the event, with Conceicao claiming gold, Nichelly Brandao Lysy earning silver and Vieira picking up bronze, a member of the club’s communications team requested they shoot a video together after receiving their medals.

Vieria had already started walking away from the podium when she was asked to come back, which is when the incident transpired.

Brazilian media has said there’s no video of the incident.

Uol reports that the two swimmers have had their disagreements in the past, and train under different coaches despite both being members of Pinheiros.

The women’s 100 breast podium is the second image on the Instagram post (Conceicao in the middle, Vieria on the right):

The two were quickly separated, and Pinheiros says the situation was resolved internally.

However, the case was reportedly brought to Brazil’s Superior Court of Sports Justice (STJD) for water sports, and the Brazilian Confederation for Water Sports (CBDA) gave them both a warning but opted not to suspend from the rest of the competition. According to the organization, a report detailing of the incident has already been sent to the court’s attorney.

Vieira raced on Pinheiros’ 400 free relay shortly thereafter, leading the team off in 55.28 as they ultimately earned the win. She is expected to play a prominent role on the Brazilian women’s 400 free relay at the World Championships, though there is some question as to whether or not she will be eligible to attend after the incident.

Neither swimmer has booked a spot on the World Championship team as of yet, with Conceicao’s winning time of 1:08.10 in the 100 breast well outside of the World Aquatics ‘A’ cut of 1:07.35.

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3 months ago

Pics or it didn’t happen

The Unoriginal Tim
3 months ago

Curious about “rubbing someomes face on a railing”.

Zac Reisner
3 months ago

Well, how absolutely lovely and delightful; RRROWWRRR. FSSST!! SFpsssttzz!! YYOWWLRRR!! RAWRRR!!

3 months ago

🍿there must be nothing on earth like a Brazilian cat fight!

3 months ago

Only in Brazil can you go to a swim meet where a drone fighting a bird qualifies as only the second most interesting fight to take place on the pool deck.

3 months ago

Someone must have said something crazy lol

3 months ago

Not necessarily.

3 months ago

I lived in Brazil for a year a long time ago and I saw fights almost every day. They seem to love to fight!

Last edited 3 months ago by Billy
Reply to  Billy
3 months ago

they do.. they are also a very aggressive culture. Not knocking it.. its just a “thing.”

3 months ago

Only video I can find are of an Ana Carolina Vieira who (ironically) competes in grappling….

Reply to  Chlorinetherapy
3 months ago

haha- swimming helps your BJJ game immensely as you have flexibility and lung capacity. It helped me when I did it.

Reply to  Chris
3 months ago

Won’t lie. Had to look that one up. Relieved, in a way.

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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