2019 Brazil Trophy Day Four: Lima And Gomez Tie In 100 Breast In Evening Of Close Finals

May 15, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; Felipe Lima swims the 100 LC Meter Breastroke during the finals at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
Felipe Lima at the TYR Pro Swim Series, Photo Courtesy: Jeremy Brevard - USA TODAY Sports Images

The third night of the 2019 Brazil Trophy continued in Rio de Janeiro tonight, with finals of the men’s and women’s 200 butterfly, 100 breaststroke, and the men’s 1500 free.


Luiz Altamir Melo opened the night with a win in a tight finals of the men’s 200 fly after finishing as the runner-up in the 200 free earlier in the meet. Melo touched first in 1:56.77, just ahead of Leonardo De Deus (1:56.95) and Vini Lanza (1:57.04).

De Deus’ time was just short of the FINA A standard in the event, leaving Melo as the only qualifier in the event.

The final of the women’s 200 fly was similar, with Ilaria Cusinato and Virginia Martin racing neck and neck throughout the swim. Cusinato and Martin were out fast, and it was Cusinato who ultimately held on for the win in 2:11.03. Martin was just behind her in 2:11.63.

The close races continued in the men’s 100 breast, with the top four finishers all touching under 1:00. Joao Luiz Gomez led at the 50, but Felipe Lima made a push in the second 50 to end up tying. Gomez and Lima both touched in 59.56.

Just behind them in third was Felipe Silva (59.71), followed by just .01 by Caio Pumputis in fourth (59.72). That time puts Gomez and Lima as #13 in the world rankings.

The women’s 100 breast was separated by just one-tenth, with Macarenca Ailen Ceballos touching out Jhennifer Conceicao 1:08.27 to 1:08.37. Julia Sebastian, who broke the South American record in the 200 breast earlier in the meet, was third here in 1:08.60.

The men’s 1500 free closed the individual events of the evening, with another close race to close the session. Guilherme Pereira da Costa and Diogo Villarinho traded the lead throughout the race, with Costa taking the win in 15:05.91 to Villarinho’s 15:06.80.

The meet also closed with the men’s and women’s 400 free relays. American Mallory Comerford had the fastest split of the women’s event, posting a 52.88 as the third leg that helped Minas Tenis to a relay title win.

Marcelo Chierighini, who won the individual 100 free last night, had the fastest split on the men’s side, posting a 47.43 on the third leg of the relay.

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