SANTIAGO, Chile, March 8. DAY two of the South American Games featured a world top 10 time by Leonardo De Deus, and an exhausting double by Andreina Pinto in Santiago, Chile.
Brazil’s Leonardo De Deus moved up from 10th in the world in the men’s 200-meter fly to eighth overall as he dropped a 1:57.84 for the win this evening. With the swim, he leapfrogged Tom Luchsinger (1:57.93) and Velimir Stjapanovic in the world rankings. Peru’s Mauricio Villanueva touched second in 1:58.81 with Colombia’s Andres Montoya winding up third in 1:58.99 as he couldn’t hold off Villanueva’s final charge.
Venezuela’s Alberto Subirats raced his way to a championship title in 54.31 in the men’s 100-meter backstroke. That swim put him about two tenths outside of the world top 10 currently anchored by Chris Walker-Hebborn’s 54.15 from Berlin. Argentina’s Federico Grabich turned in a 55.22 to take second overall, while Brazil’s Fernando Do Santos picked up third in 55.27.
Venezuela snared another gold medal with an 8:35.41 from Andreina Pinto in the women’s 800-meter freestyle. Chile’s Kristel Kobrich posted an 8:37.19 for second overall with Argentina’s Cecilia Biagioli earning third in the event with an 8:45.68.
Pinto pulled off a difficult double with a 4:51.17 in the women’s 400-meter IM, while Argentina’s Virginia Bardach took second in 4:52.94. Brazil’s Julia Gerotto snatched third with a time of 4:55.36.
Argentina went 1-2 in the men’s 400-meter freestyle finale with Martin Naidich hitting the wall in 3:56.23 for the win, while Juan Martin Pereyra touched just behind with a 3:56.80. Both had trailed Brazil’s Marcos De Oliveira heading into the 350-meter mark, with Naidich turning fourth in the field, but Naidich dropped a 27.31 to win the title. Pereyra came home in 28.72, while De Oliveira fell to third with a 29.03 final 50 en route to posting a 3:56.89 in a close finish.
Brazil’s female sprint corps rolled to a 1-2 finish in the women’s 100-meter free. Larissa De Oliveira topped the sprint with a time of 55.70, while Graciele Herrmann finished runner-up with a 56.36. Suriname’s Chinyere Pigot earned third-place honors in 56.92. That just missed Pigot’s Surinamese record of 56.89.
Colombia’s Carolina Colorado won the women’s 200-meter backstroke by more than a second with a 2:14.42. Argentina’s Andrea Berrino placed second in 2:15.52 with Brazil’s Natalie De Luccas checking in third with a 2:17.96.
Brazil’s clinched the men’s 800-meter free relay title with a 7:25.35 from Nicolas De Oliveira, Thiago Pereira, Fernando Da Silva and Fernando Do Santos. Colombia raced to second in 7:30.55 with Venezuela picking up third in 7:30.67.