Thiago Pereira Makes Debut In Olympic Distance Triathlon

2012 Olympic silver medalist Thiago Pereira has ventured out into the world of triathlon, competing in an Olympic distance race in his native country of Brazil. The 32-year-old announced his retirement from swimming just over a year ago.

Pereira competed in the Brazil Trophy in Santos on April 8th, placing 41st overall and 10th in the 30-34 age group in a time of 2:48:06. An Olympic distance triathlon consists of a 1500m swim, 40K bike and 10K run. His split times, including transitions, were 24:41 for the swim, 1:40:46 for the bike, and 42:39 on the run. As expected, he was first out of the water.

Per, Pereira eventually plans to race an Ironman. He will continue his journey there on April 22, as he’ll race an Ironman 70.3 (half Ironman) in Florianópolis, Santa Catarina.

Pereira won the 2012 Olympic silver medal in the 400 IM, and also placed 4th in the 200 IM that year. Additionally, he was 4th in the 200 IM and 8th in the 400 IM in Beijing, and 5th in the 200 in Athens. In 2016, competing in his home Olympics, he was 7th in the 200. He also has three LC World Championship medals, and a staggering 15 gold, 23 total medals from the Pan American Games.

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2 years ago

Haven’t swam in years and I could swim 1500 faster, right now. Was a 2000 meter swim. The bike was probably 50k as well….

Becky D

Open water is a different animal. You should try it some time.

Reply to  Becky D
2 years ago

Being a professional triathlete and a swimmer they totally jacked up those distances. I do my half iron Man swim in 21:30 and Thiago is a much faster swimmer than me. 10k is accurate but 1:40 for. 40k bike split is like 14 mph avg. Unless it was up a mountain the bike distance is off too. Most swimmers aerobic engines are good enough to go faster than that.

It’s easy to mess up the swimming distance in open water as a meet director. So I wouldn’t be upset. Just the way things are with open water.


I agree I can’t believe he didn’t sprint right before a 10k

Tony R

It says the split times include transitions. Depending on how the course is set up, that means you can take anywhere from 2 to 8 minutes off that swim time, and anywhere from 1 to 5 minutes off the bike time.
Also, when swimming for a triathlon, unless you are in amazing shape, and it’s a sprint, the ONLY goal for the swim is to get through it spending as little energy as possible. I’m sure he could have easily taken more than a minute off that split with greater effort, but how would that effect the other 2.5 hours of the race?

Reply to  Tony R
2 years ago

And also we have no Info on Water Conditions on the day..


as long he’s first out of the water he did well. times are almost meaningless in open water races

2 years ago

super recreational time , I hope he doesn’t take this serious

science geek
Reply to  acoach
2 years ago

Why not? Maybe he really likes it or has a real talent if he were to train hard.

2 years ago

It all comes down to the run……….Ever see a swammer run a 10k in the low 30’s

Reply to  SinkorSwim
2 years ago

There’s this guy named Andy Potts….

Reply to  brentlorenzen
2 years ago

Gwen Jorgensen too.

Reply to  SinkorSwim
2 years ago

Look at Lucy Charles. Probably the best in women’s Iron Man right now but was originally a GB distance swimmer!

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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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