Bruno Fratos experienced a hilarious round of emotions during the 50m freestyle race at the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary. Having scored the best time in qualifying, he finished in the semi-finals in eighth place, at the same time with French Maxime Grosset. The situation forced the two to return to the Arena Dona pool for “Tima Tema”, only against each other, and the Brazilian lost.
Bronze in the 50-meter freestyle at the Tokyo Olympics and three medals from the same event in previous editions of the two worlds, Fratos was a hopeful medalist for Brazil, and his excellent participation in the first stage in which he finished first, with a score of 21.71, raised expectations even further. In the semi-finals, he and Grost scored 21.83 seconds together, so they tied for eighth.
Then, the two had an emotional moment, when they fell alone in the pool, to a personal feud over the last place in the final. The very balanced confrontation ended with the victory of the Frenchman, who completed the race with a time of 21.59, over Fratus 21.62. It was the 100th time the Brazilian had reached under 22 seconds in the 50m freestyle.
Fratus commented, “It’s tough. It’s very different from what I was expecting. On day 21 everyone was talking about ended up feeling a little bitter. That’s what high-performance sports are. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.” “I’ve been on the podium since 2017 at Worlds, in Pan, at the Olympics, but that’s it, I’m going home, training, and next year there are worlds, then the Olympics,” he added.
In addition to the sentiment that Fratos provided, Brazil had a 4x200m relay race in the final. The team made up of Fernando Scheffer, Vinicius Asuncao, Murillo Sartori and Prino Correia completed the race in 7 minutes 4 seconds 69, the new South American record, and finished fourth. The platform was formed by the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom.
In other controversies, Vivien Jongblot finished ninth in the 800m freestyle, but went to the final after Australian Keah Melverton, who finished eighth, withdrew. Gabi Roncato competed in the same event and finished 13th while Giovanni Diamanti finished 22nd in the 50m butterfly. In the 100m butterfly, Mateus Gonchi and Vinicius Lanza were 18th and 25th, respectively. Luiz Gustavo Borges, competing in the 50m freestyle alongside Fratos, was 20th.
In men’s water polo, the Brazilian national team was not a match for Hungary, losing by 20 to 6. With two defeats, it became the bottom of the first group, while the Hungarians lead with four points and two victories.
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