Blooming In Brazil, Changing Of The Guard

Blooming In Brazil, Changing Of The Guard

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Brazil is hot right now, especially with 25-year-old Allan do Carmo and 22-year-old Ana Marcela Cunha standing on top of the FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup standings.

Together with Poliana Okimoto, Brazilian swimmers are showing the open water swimming investments by Confederação Brasileira de Desportos Aquáticos (the national governing body of Brazilian aquatics) are paying off handsome dividends.

Do Carmo was able to stand on the finish podium for the first time after the competition in the 28ºC waters of Hong Kong. Meanwhile, Cunha added her third series title after initial victories in the 2010 and 2012 seasons. Cunha finished with five gold medals, one silver and two bronze while Do Carmo finished with two gold medals, two silver and one bronze. In total, Brazil’s Confederação Brasileira de Desportos Aquáticos ended its most impressive World Cup season with 20 podium finishes (8 golds, 7 silvers and 5 bronzes).

Coming off the back of its dominating overall performance at the 2013 FINA World Championships, the epicenter of elite open water swimming is rapidly shifting from the Old Guard (Russia, Germany, Italy) and Power Players (Great Britain, Netherlands, USA) to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time.

Brazilian athletes’ history on the FINA World Cup circuit include:

* 2007: Poliana Okimoto – 3rd place overall
* 2008: Ana Marcela Cunha – 3rd place overall
* 2009: Poliana Okimoto – 1st place overall
* 2009: Allan do Carmo – 2nd place
* 2010: Ana Marcela Cunha – 1st place overall
* 2012: Ana Marcela Cunha – 1st place overall
* 2012: Allan do Carmo – 3rd place overall
* 2013: Allan do Carmo – 3rd place overall
* 2013: Ana Marcela Cunha – 3rd place
* 2014: Ana Marcela Cunha – 1st place overall
* 2014: Allan do Carmo – 1st place overall

Brazilian athletes’ podium finishes during the FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup circuit:

Viedma, Argentina (February 1st)
* Poliana Okimoto, gold
* Ana Marcela Cunha, silver

Cancun, Mexico (March 5th)
* Poliana Okimoto, silver
* Ana Marcela Cunha, bronze
* Diogo Villarinho, bronze

Setúbal, Portugal (June 28th)
* Ana Marcela Cunha, gold
* Poliana Okimoto, silver
* Allan do Carmo, silver

Roberval, Canada (July 24th)
* Ana Marcela Cunha, gold

Magog, Canada (August 1st)
* Ana Marcela Cunha, gold
* Allan do Carmo, bronze

Megantic, Canada (August 9th)
* Ana Marcela Cunha, gold
* Allan do Carmo, gold

Chun’an, China (October 11th)
* Ana Marcela Cunha, gold
* Allan do Carmo, gold
* Poliana Okimoto, silver
* Diogo Villarinho, bronze

Hong Kong, China (October 18th)
* Allan do Carmo, silver
* Poliana Okimoto, silver
* Ana Marcela Cunha, bronze

Both Do Carmo and Cunha won US$20,000 for capturing the FINA World Cup season title. If Okimoto had note sat out of three Canadian stages due to her cervical spine injury, she would have undoubtedly garnered even more points in the season’s rankings.

The Brazilian swimmers of the Confederação Brasileira de Desportos Aquáticos benefit from its supporters that include title sponsor Correios – Patrocinador (post office), Bradesco/Lei de Incentivo Fiscal, Lei Agnelo/Piva, Governo Federal, Ministério do Esporte, Speedo, Sadia and the Universidade Estácio de Sá.

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