Brazil won another medal at the Tokyo Olympics. This Monday night (26), the rookie in the Olympics Fernando Scheffer played in the final of the 200m freestyle, made the third best time and took the bronze. The Brazilian swam in lane eight, and with the time of 1:44s66, secured his place on the podium. Tom Dean did 1min44s22 and was first. Duncan Scott scored 1:44:26 and stayed with silver, in a one-two for Great Britain.
After 25 years, Brazil again won a medal in the 200m free in swimming. The last time Brazil won an Olympic medal in the event was in Atlanta-96 with Gustavo Borges. The Brazilian also played in the final in a corner streak, by one, and took silver.
That night, Scheffer started well, but since the beginning of the race the pace of the eight swimmers was strong. In the second turn, the Brazilian passed in second, fighting with the British Tom Dean. From then on, the Gaucho did not fail to figure once in the top three until he reached the end of the race.
“I don’t know yet. In the test, I wasn’t thinking about placement, I just wanted to do my test. Putting everything I trained in the water and swimming happily, each stroke, enjoying every meter. It’s a very special feeling, it seems that I’m still dreaming,” said the newest Brazilian medalist, in an interview with SporTV.
In the semifinal, Scheffer swam in lane number four and took the lead in the first 100 meters. In the last 50 meters, he was overtaken and finished third in the first series, with a time of 1min45s71. In the final classification, he got the eighth time.
Scheffer’s journey in the Brazilian national team began in 2016, when he competed in the short pool Worlds, in Windsor, Canada. The first big results came in 2018, at the Pan de Lima: he climbed to the highest place on the podium to receive the medal on two occasions: in the 4x200m relay and in the 200m freestyle.
Scheffer arrived at the Tokyo Games running on the outside. In the national delegation, he was not listed as one of the favorites to win a medal, but he surprised and marked his name in the history of swimming.