The Paralympic champion Carol Santiago (from the S12 class, for athletes with low vision) participated in the Brazilian Paralympic Swimming Championship, which ended this Saturday morning (14), as a strategy for the World Championship of the sport next month, on Madeira Island, in Portugal.
Representing Grêmio Náutico União, Carol Santiago won six gold medals in the Brazilian Paralympic swimming: 50m and 100m freestyle, 100m backstroke, 100m breaststroke, 100m butterfly and 200m medley.
Carol is part of the group of 29 swimmers who will represent Brazil at the World Swimming Championships, in Portugal, from June 12 to 18. By the criteria of the CPB, which also acts as a confederation of the modality, for being Paralympic champion, she was already guaranteed for the main event of the season.
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In the two stages of the Loterias Caixa Paralympic Circuit and in the Brazilian Championship, the swimmer from Pernambuco opted for a larger event program to simulate the intense pace of competition she will have at the Worlds.
Carol Santiago chose not to reduce the number of tests
“After the Tokyo Games, the idea was to reduce my races, but we decided to keep a long, full program. We used different tactics in the last three competitions to test and it all worked out. We did all the tests in those three days and we saw that it is possible to compete at a high level in all of them”, said Carol Santiago, who was born with Morning Glory syndrome, a congenital alteration in the retina that reduces the field of vision.
Carol Santiago has been training at the Paralympic Training Center since 2018 and is accompanied by the CPB’s multidisciplinary team.
“We put Carol in all the events to really test, to swim two events in a row like 100m breaststroke and 100m butterfly on Friday. It was good for us to test rest, food, supplementation, what we were able to hold more or force in each race. At the Worlds, she will swim more than one event a day, one individual and one relay”, explained Leonardo Tomasello, head coach of the Brazilian team and responsible for Carol’s preparation.
On Madeira Island, Carol Santiago will swim the 50m and 100m freestyle, 100m breaststroke, events in which she is a Paralympic champion, 100m backstroke and 100m butterfly (bronze at the Tokyo Games). She will also participate in the two relays for athletes with visual impairments, 49 points, the 4x100m freestyle and medley.
Other important results
This Saturday morning, the fastest races of Paralympic swimming, the 50m freestyle, were held. Carioca Daniel Mendes (S6), from Clube de Regatas Vasco da Gama, broke the Brazilian record in the 50m freestyle, with 30s51. He is also among those called up to the World Cup.
Leonardo Murante (S7) also set a new national mark in the 50m freestyle, with 31s48.
In all, nine Brazilian records, an Americas record and a world record were set in the Brazilian Paralympic Swimming Championships. Last Friday (13), Gabriel Bandeira (S14) broke the world record in the 100m butterfly.
The swimming competitions organized by the CPB will return from the month of July with the Paralympic Meeting, which has a state character.
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