SAO PAULO, Brazil, September 5. WHILE the event is not recognized by FINA and thus any result is not considered an actual world record, a Cesar Cielo-led squad put together a world-best result at the Jose Finkel Trophy.
The squad of Nicholas Santos (22.10), Cielo (21.09), Bruno Fratus (21.92) and Fernando da Silva (22.11) clocked a blazing fast time of 1:27.22 to win the men's 200 freestyle relay in South American-record style. The performance beat the former world best of 1:28.19 set by the same team with Jader Souza swimming in place of Fernando da Silva in May.
"I wasn't planning on swimming, but my friends wanted me to swim," Cielo told meet organizers in a rough translation. "I had to borrow a suit and cap, but it was well worth swimming. The relay exchanges were perfect, and to get a world mark with my friends is worth it."
Meanwhile, the women's 200 free relay team of Flavia Delaroli-Cazziolato, Michelle Lenhardt, Gabriella Silva and Tatiana Barbosa set a South American record with a time of 1:42.26. The previous record had been a 1:43.13 set in 2005.
Other victories also came from Barbosa in the women's 200 free (2:01.62) and Nicolas Oliveira with a meet record in the men's 200 free (1:49.60). Silva claimed the 100 fly in 58.63, while Gabriel Mangabeira took the men's 100 fly in 53.48.