Courtesy of: Brazil
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, July 23. IN a press release posted on their website, the Brazilian swimming federation announced that Fernando Santos won a swimoff to determine the second Brazilian competitor in the 100 freestyle at the world championships.

Santos and Nicolas Oliveira tied in the 100 freestyle at the Brazilian world trials, with each posting times of 48.72 for second place. Since only two swimmers can represent a country in an individual event at the world championships, a swimoff was needed.

Today's swim featured an electronic timing system to record the official time and help decide a possible close finish. A close finish is what happened, but the timing system malfunctioned, and a clear winner could not be decided by the naked eye.

The press release does not state how the federation officials came to decide that Santos won the right to swim the 100 free, but in doing so, he now has an individual event to go along with his spot on the 400 free relay.

Marcelo Chierighini will be the top 100 freestyler for Brazil, posting a 48.11 at the world trials.