Brazilian swimmer Bruno Fratus won this Saturday in the 50-meter freestyle of the Pro Swim Series in Mission Viejo (California) with a time with which he hopes to secure a place for the Tokyo Olympics.
Due to the situation of the coronavirus pandemic in Brazil, the local swimming federation designated this event in California as a selection test for Fratus.
The Brazilian, who lives and trains in the state of Florida, will not have to compete in qualifying events in Brazil for two weeks.
The Brazilian led the preliminary times of the 50-meter freestyle on Friday night with 21.73 seconds and on Saturday morning he won the final with 21.80, ahead of American star Caeleb Dressel (21.83) and Michael Andrew (22,13).
“I think it was good: 21.7 last night, 21.8 this morning. After all the crisis due to covid, the quarantine, I think it is a good result,” the 31-year-old Brazilian congratulated himself.
Fratus’ marks put him within Olympic qualification standards but the swimmer, a two-time Olympian and a double silver medalist in the 50-meter freestyle at the World Cups, could not yet celebrate his place in Tokyo.
“I hope nobody will swim faster than this at home in two weeks,” he said.
For her part, the American star Katie Ledecky advanced in her preparation towards Tokyo with a victory in the 400 meters freestyle with a time of 3: 59.25.
The American, who won the 200-meter freestyle on Friday with 1: 54.40, set the 20th mark of her career under four minutes.
“It’s always good to get down to four,” Ledecky said. “This one didn’t seem as good as some of my other tests this week, but I’m more than happy with the time.”
Ledecky finished comfortably ahead of Olympic bronze medalist Leah Smith (4: 06.37) and Halie Flickinger (4: 08.05).
World record holder and 2016 Olympic gold medalist Ryan Murphy won the men’s 100m backstroke with a time of 53.11 seconds, ahead of Spaniard Hugo González and American Daniel Carr.
González starred in a great second part of the test, but had to settle for second place at 53.76 ahead of Carr, (53.83) his colleague from the University of California.
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