Bruno Fratus Leads The Speed Stakes With 21.37 Relay Opener At Brazil Nationals

Bruno Fratus of Brazil poses with his bronze medal after the 50m free final at world titles in 2015 - a home Games ahead - by Patrick B. Kraemer

On the opening day at Brazilian Open Championships in Palhoca, Bruno Fratus and Cesar Cielo gave a hint of the speed to come as a home Olympic Games in Rio looms on the horizon: Fratus on 21.37, Cielo on 21.44 opening for their respective club relays in the 4x50m freestyle

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On the opening day at Brazilian Open Championships in Palhoca, Bruno Fratus and Cesar Cielo gave a hint of the speed to come as a home Olympic Games in Rio looms on the horizon: Fratus on 21.37, Cielo on 21.44 opening for their respective club relays in the 4x50m freestyle

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Rafael

Craig, Cielo was the 2nd leg on the relay, so his time can´t be counted. But the meet 1st day was not on TV and there are no RT available, so can´t say for sure how that would compare to a flat start.

aswimfan

Results from Brazil are becoming more important as they will host the Olympics, and we all know from past Olympics that the host athletes frequently performed very very well.

I think the dream for Brazil is to win men 4×100 free. Just imagine the crazy deafening atmosphere in the swimming stadium if that happens. Probably would even outdo Sydney :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaP_XlgUrdc

Brazil can do it if they really focus and train very specifically for that relay. Just like what the South Africans did between 2003 and 2004.

aswimfan

That’s crazy fast swimming by Fratus. Manadou will still start as favorite, but in 50 free the margin of error is extremely small, so anything can happen. Just ask Cate Campbell, who swam fastest 50 free time of the year, but not in the one race that mattered.

aswimfan

I have a hunch, if he qualifies, Caeleb Dressel could be a dark horse, in the same manner as Manadou leading into London.

It is incredible that currently there are 10 active sprinters who have swum sub 21.60:
Manadou
Cielo
Adrian
Fratus
Ervin
Morozov
Bovell
Magnussen
Dressel
Jones

In London, it took 21.88 to final. Will it be even faster in Rio?

Rafael

If you count Bousquet as active, we have 11 sprinters..

On the morning he was a A qualifier also, De Deus (did not swim finals) qualified on 200 back.

aswimfan

Thanks. I totally forgot about Bousquet.. it’s how inactive he’s been in the past couple of years. Is he even trying to go to Rio?

Craig Lord

I think there are a few who can win that, France will be tough to beat, aswimfan

Craig Lord

Thanks Rafael, tweaked. I’m not used to handling splits and stuff; all very new to me 🙂

Rafael

aswimfan, after the 100 free we will see the current status of Brazil, the top 8 guys have already swam under fina A time, which bodes very well… but the top tier must show what they can do (Cielo, Santana, Chiereghinni + someone else)

Craig Lord

The winning team will need a 46 and 3 47s at very least… and too early to say (even after Brazil nationals in Dec 9 months out) who looks like they will have such a season, Rafael. (so much, as many have already noted, can and will change between now and next August)

aswimfan

Yes, there are several countries that can win m4x100 free, France, USA, Brazil, Russia, Australia (if Magnussen back to his best). Right now, France looks like the slight favorite, but as ALWAYS happened in the past, many things will change between now and the Olympics.

As long as Brazil can take advantage of using home public and spectators support as extra motivation, they can win it. Also as long as they don’t repeat the shambles that was their football team in the world Cup (which I’m sure Brazilians won’t forget for a looong time).

Who predicted Australia would beat USA in Sydney? Who predicted South Africa to win in Athens? Who predicted that Australia did not medal in London?

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