Brazilian Guilherme Costa won a bronze medal in the 400-meter freestyle race at the World Aquatics Championships, held in Budapest, Hungary. He, who advanced to the finals for the third time, became the first athlete in the history of the country to go to the podium on this occasion. His time was 3min43s31, breaking the South American record for the race. Australian Elijah Winnington won gold (3m41s22) and silver to German Lukas Martens (3m42s85)
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– I took the test, I knew I had to grow a lot in the end. It was always my habit to grow at the end and I was able to do it – said Guilherme Costa.
The Brazilian’s first hundred meters were controlled, passing through sixth place, by 54s24. In the middle of the race, after 200 meters, Guilherme was in seventh place, but everything was in disarray, less than one second behind third place. At 300 meters, he was still sixth and began to accelerate, moving to the last fifty meters in the fifth. His last 50 meters were the fastest among the finalists, which was enough to propel him to third place.
Guilherme Costa on the 400-meter freestyle stage at the World Cup – Photo: Tom Pennington / Getty Images
Guilherme, 23, was the winner of the Tokyo Olympics final in the 800 meters and, in the same race, was the 11th in the 400m freestyle. In this Saturday’s race, he moved a little further, finishing fifth and sixth in the first half, but increased the pace at the end, leaving Austrian Felix Auboeck and Italian Marco de Tulio.
Medal winner in the last three editions of the World Swimming Championships, Nicholas Santos went to the 50m butterfly final for the eighth time, recording 23.07. He, 42, will look for a platform in the decision this Sunday. The best time was for Englishman Ben Proud, with 22.76, three hundred ahead of Italian Thomas Checcon, who scored the second time.
– The goal was to go to the finals, I expected to swim for 22 seconds, let’s see what we can do tomorrow. There are swimmers out there who are under me for 20 years, they are very fast, let’s see what I will get when I am 42. My best time is 22.60, so let’s see what we will do tomorrow – said the swimmer.
The women’s 4x100m water rotation race was in sixth place, with a time of 3: 38.10, the best position in the history of the women’s rotating race at the World Cup. The team was made up of Ana Vieira, Stephanie Balduccini, Giovanna Diamante and Giovana Medeiros. Gold went to Australia (3m30s95), followed by Canada (3m32s15) and USA (3m32s58).
The Brazilian 4x100m relay ranked seventh. Robots designed by Gabriel Santos, Marcelo Chierighini, Felipe Ribeiro and Vinicius Assumpção finished with a time of 3: 12.21, a much better time than they had in qualifying matches. Gold went to the American team, with 3: 09.39, followed by Australia and Italy.
– Improving graduate time is a very good quality, we sat down, we knew that everyone could swim better, and then we cut a second. It shows evolution. We have to be in a better life to fight for medals – said Chierighini, in the nomination for ten years.
In the 100m butterfly race, Giovanna Diamante was in tenth place in the semi-finals, just three hundred from one place in the final. The Brazilian swam to 57s94, with eighth place being Egyptian Farida Osman, with 57s91. The best time was taken by Torri Huske, from the USA, with 56.29.