Tokyo 2020, South America Day 3: Scheffer Grabs S.A.’s First Medal of the Games

2020 TOKYO SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES

Brazil’s Fernando Scheffer Earns Bronze Medal in Men’s 200 Free

23-year-old Brazilian Fernando Scheffer won Brazil, and South America’s, first swimming medal of these Olympics tonight. Swimming out of lane 8 no less, Scheffer clocked a 1:44.66 to win the Bronze medal in the men’s 200 free.

Scheffer managed to get his hand on the wall 0.02 seconds ahead of 4th-place finisher, David Popovici, to secure his first-ever Olympic medal. With the swim, Scheffer broke his own Brazlian Record, which he set in prelims, and the South American Record in the event.

The Bronze medal marks just the 2nd time Brazil has medaled in the event. The only other time Brazil made the podium in the men’s 200 free was in 1996, when Gustavo Borges won Silver at the Atlanta Games.

Quick Hits

  • 30-year-old Leonardo de Deus of Brazil finished 2nd in semifinals of the men’s 200 fly with a 1:54.97 to advance to the final. This is de Deus’ 3rd Olympic Games, and the first time he’s made a final. In 2012, de Deus swam in the heats, missing out on semifinals. Then in 2016, he made semifinals, but finished 14th, failing to qualify for the finals. De Deus is the first Brazilian swimmer to qualify for the men’s 200 IM final since 2008. The Brazilian Record is held by Kaio de Almeida at 1:53.92 from 2009, which makes it a super suited record.
  • Chilean 35-year-old Kristel Kobrich finished 14th in the first-ever Olympic women’s 1500 free. Kobrich swam a 16:09.09, 10.13 seconds off what it took to qualify for the final. Kobrich is the Chilean Record-holder at 15;54.30 from 2013.
  • Peru’s McKenna DeBever finished 24th in the women’s 200 IM, swimming a 2:15.86. The swim was just off DeBever’s Peruvian Record of 2:15.26, which she swam in May of this year.

National Records

  • Brazilian Record in men’s 200 freestyle – Fernando Scheffer, 1:44.66
  • Uruguayan Record in women’s 200 IM – Nicole Frank, 2:18.93

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