May 11, 2008
RIO DE JANEIRO - Auburn's Cesar Cielo wrapped up the Brazilian Olympic Trials Sunday, winning his fourth gold medal in the five-day event.
Cielo, a native of St. Barbara, Brazil, swam the anchor leg on the winning 400m medley relay that set a new meet record with a time of 3:19.52.
The 19-time All-American and 10-time NCAA Champion also swam in the 100m freestyle, winning his fifth medal of the meet, taking the bronze with a time of 49.98.
In Wednesday's opening finals session, Cielo got started by winning the 50m free with a time of 21.96. He 21.90 in the preliminary gave him the meet record and the fifth-fastest time in the world this year.
He followed that up on Thursday by swimming the second leg on the winning 200m freestyle relay team that set a new South American record with a time of 1:28.19. On Friday he won his third gold medal of the meet as he won the 50m butterfly with a 24.02.
The qualifying meet is a formality for Cielo as he is already qualified for the Brazilian National Team that will travel to Beijing, China in August for the 2008 Olympics.