SAO PAOLO, Brazil, June 14. THIAGO Pereira, a rising star on the global stage in the individual medley events, will miss the World Championships in Montreal due to a knee injury. This news comes courtesy of Stephen Thomas, SwimmingWorldMagazine.com’s Australian correspondent.
After winning the 200 and 400 I.M. events, along with the 200 breaststroke, at the Brazilian National Championships, Pereira dislocated his right kneecap while playing soccer. The injury will keep Pereira out of the final stop on the Mare Nostrum Series, in Monaco, and out of the World Champs. The injury opens up medal possibilities in the I.M. disciplines.
Pereira enjoyed a sterling year in 2004, capped by a title in the 200 I.M. at the World Short Course Championships in Indianapolis, where he also grabbed a bronze medal in the 100 I.M. At the Olympic Games in Athens, Pereira was fifth in the 200 individual medley, a little more than a second out of the bronze-medal position.