Tokyo 2020, South America Day 2 Recap: Scheffer Advances to Men’s 200 FR Final


Brazil’s Fernando Scheffer becomes first South American event finalist in Tokyo

Brzail’s Fernando Scheffer tore to a new Brazilian Record in the men’s 200 free in prelims, posting a 1:45.05. Scheffer was then a tick slower in semifinals, narrowly advancing to the final with a 1:45.71 for 8th. Notably, his 1:45.05 would have been 2nd in semifinals, so if he can get back down there, he might win South America’s first swimming medal of these Games.

Quick Hits

  • The Brazilian squad of Breno Correia, Pedro Spajari, Gabriel Santos, and Marcelo Chierighini took 8th place in finals of the men’s 4×100 free relay. Brazil posted a 3:13.41 in finals, after swimming a 3:12.59 in prelims for 5th.
  • Brazil’s Guilherme Guido advanced to semifinals of the 100 backstroke, but finished 15th in the semis, missing out on qualifying for the final. Guido had the 4th-fastest first 50m split in the field in semifinals – 25.52, but didn’t have the closing speed to keep up with field.
  • On day one, Brazil’s Guilherme Costa finished 11th in prelims of the men’s 400 free. Costa’s time of 3:45.99 was just 0.31 seconds off what it took to qualify for the final. He was also exceptionally close his own Brazilian Record of 3:45.85.

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