Maria Lenk Trophy: Felipe Silva Blasts Through 27-Second Barrier in 50 Breast for World Textile Best

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, April 27. LONG course competition continued at the Maria Lenk Trophy meet in Brazil, where no new names were added to the country's Olympic roster. The meet is one of many swimmers have used in the past eight months to post automatic Olympic qualifying times.

Women's 400 IM
Spain's Mireia Belmonte handily won the long IM with a 4:39.41. She's been much faster this year with a 4:33.91 from March's Spanish nationals. Joanna Maranhao, already set to swim this event in the Olympics thanks to a 4:40.79 at last December's Brazil Open, turned in a second-place time of 4:42.39. Bruna Primati took the bronze medal with a 4:59.39.

Men's 400 IM
Thiago Pereira earned the individual medley double with a winning time of 4:13.48, moving him to 10th in the world, off his lifetime textile best of 4:12.09 from 2010. Well back in second place was Esteban Salgado with a 4:23.08, just ahead of Diogo Yabe's 4:23.48.

Women's 100 freestyle
Jeanette Ottesen continued her strong meet with a 54.37 to win the 100 free. Ottesen tied for the world championship title last year with Aliaksandra Herasiminia in 53.45. Daynara Paula took second in 55.54, almost a second off the Olympic qualifying standard of 54.57. Larissa Oliveira was third with a 55.92.

Men's 100 freestyle
Cesar Cielo was never challenged in tonight's final, posting a 48.28 after cruising through prelims with a 49.27. The time is sixth in the world, well back of James Magnussen's world-leading 47.10 but faster than the 48.70 Cielo swam last month at the South American Games.

Second place went to Marcelo Chierighini with a 49.05, who had posted a 48.79 in prelims. The prelim time is faster than the 48.82 needed to qualify for the Olympics, but Nicolas Oliveira still ranks second in Brazil for Olympic qualifying with his 48.71 from the Brazil Open in December. France's Fred Bousquet claimed third in 49.14.

Women's 50 breast
Ana Carvalho took the non-Olympic sprint breaststroke title in 31.78, after posting a 31.69 in prelims. Juliana Marin placed second with a 32.30, and Beatriz Travalon was third in 32.33.

Men's 50 breaststroke
Reigning world champion Felipe Silva blazed through the final with a 26.87, eclipsing Cameron van der Burgh's textile best of 26.90 from the semifinals of the 2011 world championships, and nearly breaking van der Burgh's world record of 26.67 from the 2009 worlds. The time puts Silva at the top of the world standings — and the only swimmer under 27 seconds in the world. Silva won the 2011 world championship title in 27.01 and posted a 26.91 last December at the Brazil Open.

Second place went to Joao Gomes with a 27.57, and Maurici Pereira took third with a 27.80.

Men's 800 freestyle
The individual events concluded with yet another non-Olympic event, as Juan Pereyra won the 800 free in 7:58.40, just missing the global top 10. Tenth place in the world is shared by Daniel Fogg and Gergo Kiss with matching times of 7:58.27. Marcos Oliveira finished second in 8:00.60, while American Charlie Houchin took third with an 8:04.68, his second-fastest time in the event.

Women's 200 freestyle relay
Pinheiros took the sprint relay in 1:42.17, while Flamengo placed second with a 1:44.16. GNU finished third in 1:44.65.

Men's 200 freestyle relay
Pinheiros swept the relays today, also taking the men's event with a 1:26.68. Flamengo was second with a 1:27.99 and Minas took third with a 1:30.76.

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