Cielo at the 2008 Olympic Games
May 8, 2009
AUBURN - Cesar Cielo took first in the 50m butterfly finals at the Maria Lenk Trophy meet held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Friday morning. The 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist touched in at 23.42, edging out Nicholas dos Santos by a mere one hundredth of a second. The previous South American record of 23.46 was set in Thursday evening prelims by Guilherme Roth.
Cielo secured a place at the 2009 World Championships following his performance in the 50m free finals on Wednesday where he took first, touching in at 21.33. The mark was just shy of the South American record time of 21.30 Cielo set at the 2008 Beijing Games. Cielo placed second to runner-up Nicolas dos Santos in Tuesday's preliminary swim after battling a ripped suit, hitting the wall in 22.11.
Next for Cielo will be 100m freestyle finals Satuday evening.
As a Tiger, Cielo accumulated more NCAA Titles than any swimmer in school history - 10 from 2006-08. The Sao Paulo, Brazil native holds NCAA and US Open records in the 50y free after taking first at the 2008 NCAA Championships with a time of 18.47.