Felipe França Silva

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Felipe França
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Personal information
Full name Felipe Alves França da Silva
Nationality  Brazil
Born (1987-05-14) May 14, 1987 (age 27)
Suzano, São Paulo
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 90 kg (200 lb; 14 st)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Breaststroke
Club Corinthians

Felipe Alves França da Silva (born 14 May 1987) is a Brazilian breaststroke swimmer, who competed for his country at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.[1]

He started swimming at Esporte Clube União Suzano when he was just three years old. At age 13, he became the champion in Brazilian Juniors Category II. After training at the Gustavo Borges academy in Curitiba, França moved to the capital, São Paulo, and entered the Esporte Clube Pinheiros.[2] Currently, França is a member of Corinthians.

International career[edit]

2008[edit]

In April 2008, França competed in the 2008 FINA World Swimming Championships (25 m), in the city of Manchester, placing 6th in the 4×100-metre medley,[3] 12th in the 100-metre breaststroke,[4] and 13th in the 50-metre breaststroke.[5]

A month later, in May 2008, Felipe França captured the second Brazilian spot for the 2008 Summer Olympics in the 100-metre breaststroke, recording a time of 1:01.17 at the Brazilian Olympic trials.[6][7] However, at the 2008 Olympics, he failed to move on from the early heats in his individual event.[8] In the end, França finished 22nd in the 100-metre breaststroke and, along with his teammates, placed 14th in the 4×100-metre medley relay.[9]

2009[edit]

At the 2009 Brazilian Championships (Maria Lenk Trophy), França became the first swimmer to record a time under 27 seconds in the long-course 50-metre breaststroke, winning the event with the World Record time of 26.89 seconds.[10][11]

At the 2009 Summer Universiade in Belgrade, Serbia, França won the silver medal in the 50-metre breaststroke.[12]

At the 2009 World Aquatics Championships in Rome, França again won the silver medal, recording a mark of 26.76 seconds, which became the new Americas record. The gold went to South African Cameron van der Burgh, who became the new world record holder with a time of 26.67 seconds.[13]

2010[edit]

At the 2010 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Irvine, California, França won gold in the 50-metre breaststroke.[14]

In December, at the 2010 FINA World Swimming Championships (25 m) in Dubai, he again won gold in the 50-metre breaststroke, beating the world record holder Cameron van der Burgh with a time of 25.95 seconds, setting a new championship record. He also captured the bronze in the 100-metre breaststroke with a time of 57.39 seconds.[15] Together with César Cielo, Guilherme Guido and Kaio Almeida, França set a new South American record in the 4×100-metre medley with a combined time of 3:23.12, which was also good enough for the bronze medal.[16]

2011[edit]

In July 2011, during the 2011 World Aquatics Championships in Shanghai, França won the gold medal in the 50-metre breaststroke, again beating the world record holder, Cameron van der Burgh, with a time of 27.01 seconds.[17]

At the 2011 Pan American Games, he won gold in the 100-metre breaststroke[18] and in the 4×100-metre medley[19]

2012[edit]

In April 2012, participating in the Maria Lenk Trophy in Rio de Janeiro, França recorded a time of 59.63 in the early heats. This assured him of a place on the Brazilian team at the London 2012 Olympics.[20] In the 50-metre breaststroke, he recorded the fastest time in the world in 2012, with a 26.87 seconds showing, just a tenth of a second off his career best.[21]

The Brazilian team had high hopes for França to medal in the 100-metre breaststroke at the 2012 Summer Olympics, but he was unable to get his time under the 1 minute mark and ultimately finished in 12th place.[22] His rival, Cameron Van der Burgh, won the Olympic gold and broke the world record in the 100-metre breaststroke.[23] França also participated in the 4×100-metre medley, finishing in 15th place.[24]

2014[edit]

At the 2014 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, he won a silver medal in the 100-metre breaststroke. He also finished 4th in the 4x100-metre medley relay, along with Guilherme Guido, Thiago Pereira and Marcelo Chierighini, and obtained a 13th place in the 200-metre breaststroke heats, didn't swimming the B final.[25]

On September 4, 2014, participating in the José Finkel Trophy (short course competition) in Guaratinguetá, he broke the Americas record in the 100-metre breaststroke with a time of 56.25.[26]

At the 2014 FINA World Swimming Championships (25 m) in Doha, Qatar, França won five gold medals, into the best Brazilian participation of all time, where the country won the competition for the first time. At 4 December, in the Men's 4 × 50 metre medley relay, formed by França, César Cielo, Nicholas Santos and Guilherme Guido, considered the "Dream Team" by Cielo (formed only by medalists or world champions in their respective individual events), Brazil won the gold shattering the world record with a time of 1:30.51.[27] At the same day, he also won the gold medal in the Men's 100 metre breaststroke, with a time of 56.29, Championship record;[28] and in the 4 × 50 metre mixed medley relay, along with Nicholas Santos, Etiene Medeiros and Larissa Oliveira, breaking the South American record with a time of 1:37.26, only 0.09 seconds from beating USA's world record (1:37.17).[29] At 7 December, França won more two gold medals: in the Men's 50 metre breaststroke, with a time of 25.63 (Americas and Championship record),[30] and in the Men's 4 × 100 metre medley relay, with a time of 3:21.14, South American record.[31] The 5 gold medals made França became the largest single winner of the World Championship in Doha.[32]

Records[edit]

França is the current holder of the following records:[33]

Race Time Date Record Pool
50 m breaststroke[34][35] 26.76 July 29, 2009 Americas Long Course
50 m breaststroke 25.63 December 7, 2014 Americas Short Course
100 m breaststroke[36] 56.25 September 4, 2014 Americas Short Course
4x50 m medley 1:30.51 December 4, 2014 World Short Course
4x100 m medley 3:21.14 December 7, 2014 South American Short Course
4x50 m mixed medley 1:37.26 December 4, 2014 South American Short Course

Felipe França Silva is also a former holder of the following records:

Race Time Date Record Pool
50 m breaststroke[37] 26.89 May 8, 2009 World Long Course

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Felipe França profile on Sports Reference". Sports Reference. 2012. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Felipe França History". Felipe França-Official Site (in Portuguese). 2013. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Results of the 4×100-metre medley relay at 2008 Manchester". OmegaTiming. April 13, 2008. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Results of the 100-metre breaststroke at 2008 Manchester". OmegaTiming. April 9, 2008. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Results of the 50-metre breaststroke at 2008 Manchester". OmegaTiming. April 12, 2008. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Rain of Olympic index, and more than fierce fight for places in the 100-metre breaststroke". Globoesporte (in Portuguese). May 10, 2008. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  7. ^ "In thrilling finale, Henrique Barbosa and Felipe França are guaranteed in Beijing". Globoesporte (in Portuguese). May 11, 2008. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Felipe França stay on heats at 100-metre breaststroke". UOL (in Portuguese). July 27, 2011. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Felipe França profile on Sports Reference". Sports Reference. 2012. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Felipe França beats the 50-metre breaststroke world record at Maria Lenk Trophy". Globoesporte (in Portuguese). May 8, 2009. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  11. ^ Eliana Alves / Souza Santos (May 8, 2009). "Felipe França makes history with world record" (in Portuguese). CBDA. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Universiade Results". Swim Rankings. 2012. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Felipe França gets silver on 50-metre breaststroke and collapses in tears on the podium". Globoesporte (in Portuguese). July 29, 2009. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Felipe won the 50-metre breaststroke gold at the Pan-Pacific". Globoesporte (in Portuguese). August 21, 2010. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Felipe França bronze at Dubai". CBDA (in Portuguese). December 16, 2010. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Brazilian Quartet is bronze". Globoesporte (in Portuguese). December 19, 2010. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Felipe França is the world champion in the 50-metre breaststroke in Shanghai". Globoesporte (in Portuguese). July 27, 2011. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Felipe França commands double at 100-metre breaststroke in Guadalajara". Globoesporte (in Portuguese). October 16, 2011. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Brazil team is gold in 4×100-metre medley in Guadalajara". Globoesporte (in Portuguese). October 21, 2011. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Owners of the index advance to final". Sportv (in Portuguese). April 26, 2012. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Felipe won the 50-metre breaststroke and shows confidence in London". Sportv. April 27, 2012. Retrieved April 4, 2013.  (Portuguese)
  22. ^ "Felipe França profile on Sports Reference". Sports Reference. 2012. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  23. ^ "South African breaks record and takes gold in the 100-metre breaststroke". Terra (in Portuguese). July 29, 2012. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Felipe França profile on Sports Reference". Sports Reference. 2012. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Fratus won gold in the 50m freestyle with the Pan-Pacific record". CBDA (in Portuguese). August 24, 2014. Retrieved September 20, 2014. 
  26. ^ "Felipe França and Etiene broke South American records, França does best time of the world in 2014". CBDA (in Portuguese). September 4, 2014. Retrieved September 21, 2014. 
  27. ^ "Results of the 4x50-metre medley at 2014 Doha". OmegaTiming. December 4, 2014. Retrieved December 12, 2014. 
  28. ^ "Results of the 50-metre breaststroke at 2014 Doha". OmegaTiming. December 4, 2014. Retrieved December 12, 2014. 
  29. ^ "Results of the 4x50-metre mixed medley at 2014 Doha". OmegaTiming. December 4, 2014. Retrieved December 12, 2014. 
  30. ^ "Results of the 50-metre breaststroke at 2014 Doha". OmegaTiming. December 7, 2014. Retrieved December 12, 2014. 
  31. ^ "Results of the 4x100-metre medley at 2014 Doha". OmegaTiming. December 7, 2014. Retrieved December 12, 2014. 
  32. ^ "Doha gives to Brazil the short pool crown". CBDA. December 7, 2014. Retrieved December 12, 2014. 
  33. ^ "Men's Swimming Records". CBDA (in Portuguese). 2013. Retrieved May 11, 2013. 
  34. ^ "Continental records". USA Swimming. August 19, 2011. Retrieved May 11, 2013. 
  35. ^ "Felipe França takes the silver medal in the 50m breaststroke and collapses in tears on the podium". Globoesporte (in Portuguese). July 29, 2009. Retrieved May 11, 2013. 
  36. ^ "Felipe França and Etiene broke South American records, França does best time of the world in 2014". CBDA (in Portuguese). September 4, 2014. Retrieved September 21, 2014. 
  37. ^ "Felipe France beats the world record in the 50m breaststroke at Maria Lenk Trophy". Globoesporte (in Portuguese). May 8, 2009. Retrieved May 11, 2013. 
Records
Preceded by
South Africa Cameron van der Burgh
Men's 50 metre breaststroke
world record holder (long course)

8 May 2009 – 28 July 2009
Succeeded by
South Africa Cameron van der Burgh