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 Globo.com, 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.