2013worldsspeedo Nicholas Santos
Courtesy of: Joan Marc Bosch
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BARCELONA, Spain, July 28. BRAZIL had a fabulous outing in the men's 50-meter fly semifinals with a 1-2 finish heading into the finale at the FINA World Championships.

Nicholas Santos (22.81) and defending champion Cesar Cielo (22.86) put up the top two times in the world in the sprint fly as Cielo looks to shake off a knee injury from earlier in the year to become just the second man to ever defend this event since it first began being offered in 2001. Roland Schoeman of South Africa is the other with wins in 2005, 2007, although he missed the chance to win it for the third time after clocking a 10th-place 23.25 during semis.


Belarus' Yauhen Tsurkin checked in with a 22.90 for third in the event heading into finals as well as third in the world this year as Fred Bousquet had owned the previous world best with a 23.00 from French Nationals heading into today. The finalists could make a serious run at the world record in the event of 22.43 held by Rafael Munoz Perez since 2009, while Mike Cavic's meet record of 22.67 in 2009 is also likely to fall.

Bousquet, meanwhile, clocked a 22.93, while Ukraine's Andrii Govorov qualified fifth in 22.97 as the top five all surpassed the previous top time in the world heading into today to set up a special finale tomorrow night.

Germany's Steffen Deibler (23.02), France's Florent Manaudou (23.15) and USA's Eugene Godsoe (23.16) all made the finale, while big names like Schoeman, Matt Grevers (23.35) and Matt Targett (23.39) missed making the championship heat.



Results: FINA World Championships: Men's 50 Fly Semis

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