Brazil in top shape at South American Swimming Championships
Brazil won 72 medals at the South American Swimming Championships taking place in Belem (BRA) from March 11-25, 2012. The biennial aquatics championships bring together all nations from the CONSANAT, the South American Swimming Confederation tom compete in Swimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo and Open Water Swimming.
Brazilians swimmers captured 51 medals (26 gold, 19 silver and six bronze medals). Home hero Cesar Cielo brought more gold to his name, winning five events and posting this season's best time in the 50m butterfly: 23s26.
In open water, the host picked up five more medals (two gold, two silver and one bronze medal). Brazilian Ana Marcela Cunha was victorious in the 5 km and 10 km events. In water polo, Brazil's women's team defeated Argentina in a thrilling final 17 to 8 (6:0, 3:6, 5:2, 4:3). But the local men's team was less successful, losing to Argentina 6 to 9 (1:1, 1:2, 2:4, 2:2) and settling for the silver. In diving, the home team earned ten medals (six gold, one silver and three bronze medals) while the synchronised swimming team dominated all contested events, bagging four gold medals.
Brazilian synchro swimmer Giovanna STEPHEN in her element - credit: Satiro Sodre