Gabriel Silva Santos celebrated the passing of his teenage years with Olympic relay selection for a home Olympic Games last year, a 48.84 at the Maria Lenk his ticket to experience in Rio when the world gathered there for the showcase. Today, back at the same meet, he went 48.11. World rank No3. The national crown on his head, a great deal of experience in his wake, the silver to Marcelo Chierighini in 48.76 after 48.46 in heats, the bronze to Cesar Cielo*, just shy of a decade beyond his Olympic victory over 50m free at Beijing 2008 and, while no longer able to make top two in his country over two laps, on 48.92 in the year he turns 30.
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