Brazil’s Fernando Scheffer Breaks South American Record in Men’s 200m Freestyle at Tokyo Games

2020 Tokyo Games

Fernando Scheffer is proving his medal

The 23-year-old Brazilian swimmer, competing in his first Olympics, claimed the bronze medal in the men’s 200m freestyle swimming event at the 2020 Tokyo Games.

Fernando Scheffer

Scheffer broke the South American record in the event’s heats, with a time of 1:45.05, ranking 2nd for the semifinal.

After qualifying with the last place in the semifinals, Scheffer outperformed himself again in the final, beating his South American record again by a wide margin, with a time of 1:44.66, to claim the bronze.

Fernando Scheffer

In doing so, Scheffer repeated the feat of Gustavo Borges, the last Brazilian to obtain an Olympic medal in the event.

Scheffer lowered the South American record by nearly 1 second at the Olympics to win the medal.

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